Were your English WT publications in the American "dialect"?

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  • Diogenesister

    Co Co Do you mind if I ask; do you, or did you, work in publishing and if so was it as a result of your experience in Bethel?

    Edit: always disliked the Americanism "youths". firstly it only refers to a male in the UK and secondly it's something we wouldn't say here. We would say young person, youngsters, lads and lasses.

  • zeb

    Noticed in Oz too the bastardising of English. If any Australian speaker were so careless to use any a Australian colloquial terms he would be seriously spoken too. This proves as I have ever believed the wt is primarily an American org and not a good one at that. What do you expect in an org that decries the value of EDUCATION!

  • zeb

    stan live death; suits and gum? my obs too. But as an adult I thought they were just posers. or as Americans say 'wannabes'.

    Think of a line from "My Fair Lady'.... a lovely musical.

    "Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning, The Hebrews learn it backwards which is absolutely frightening... (but English) in some places it completely disappears, look at America, they haven't used it for years..."

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Greetings, Diogenesister:

    Wishing you well!

    Co Co Do you mind if I ask; do you, or did you, work in publishing and if so was it as a result of your experience in Bethel? -- Diogenesister

    I am a writer and a copy/content editor for published and aspiring writers. I teach English and creative writing. Although literature and grammar have been an obsession since childhood, my work at Bethel got me into the nitty gritty of putting it all together into a neat and textually accurate package. My first big project was the 1966-1970 Watchtower Publications Index, including referencing work on AID TO BIBLE UNDERSTANDING.

    Thanks for asking!

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  • amicabl

    Going beyond what Zeb said the number of English speakers worldwide, not just in Commonwealth countries, far exceeds those using USA English. My wife and I had a guide on a trip to the Mekong Delta from Saigon some years ago who spoke almost perfect English. I also remember reading about those who cried when they read "the truth" in their own language. I often wished for the same. No offence to anyone and just my thoughts.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Thank you, amicabi, for taking us into a world unfamiliar to most of us but, truly, real.

    zeb: I appreciate those quips from MY FAIR LADY. I saw it during my internment in Brooklyn. Time off for good behavior. I was always a "good" boy.

  • punkofnice

    'How so?' that term always annoyed me. It was a bit of a joke to some in my old congregation(tm). sounded like a cartoon Fu Manchu character saying 'Ahh so!'

    .....and as for that brochure that said 'Animals are soles'. An aposta friend used to read it 'Animals are ALSO soles' otherwise it sounded like Animal's arseholes.

    Only the governing body can claim the title of arseholes!

  • cha ching
    cha ching

    That is too funny, Punkofnice, "are souls" vs. "arse holes"...

    Actually, the whole subject is interesting, as I never knew or thought of the differences in spelling, or even terminology being different in England, Australia, etc.

    I am from the US, and can get a hint that someone is from England here by the spelling of "baptise" vs. "baptize". when reading these comments... I spell fairly well, and I thought perhaps it was because of how many WT mags I had to read, etc... but it would be absolutely confusing for anyone of another culture to have to read "American" version of spelling vs. "British"... it would be rather isolating, wouldn't it? I think it would make one feel as is they were in another world... as if left behind. Hugs to you all.

  • punkofnice
    chingy - I spell fairly well

    I obviously don't by spelling 'sole' instead of 'soul'.

    As Phizzy mentioned earlier, it did have the effect of making us Brits feel sidelined and unworthy. If only the WBT$ could have made a bit more effort to understand other cultures rather than sledgehammer their perspective into the UK jobos.

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  • snugglebunny
    Only the governing body can claim the title of arseholes!

    Not even worthy of being called an arse half.

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