(Preface: I have never been a JW.)
I notice words and phrases that strike me really odd, used by JWs, and even by members on this board. One that comes readily to mind is the use of the words one or ones when referring to people. Interested ones or disfellowshiped ones or whatever. I am used to a more casual style of writing, and find the constant use of one or ones rather wooden. I would say people, folks, those who are interested, and ONLY occasionally, ones. Nowadays, when I read one(s) I immediately start thinking "JW-speak".
Another word that I only associate with JWs is fruitage. I've NEVER heard of this word before; it seems strange that it's still used so easily by any modern, English-speaking population. Folks ("Ones"), the common word is fruit. (It's additionally very economical in length over fruitage! Easier to spell! )
Off the topic, one thing I have found extremely annoying is the condescending tone of all WT writing. It is, as mentioned around here, about 4th grade level, although with all the spoonfeeding, I feel like a just-weaned child. Just the thought of being forced to read the stuff once before a meeting, and then have to hash it out for another hour makes me yearn for illegal drugs and great amounts of alcohol. (God would surely understand!) You guys have my deepest, deepest, deepest sympathy!
BTW, I hope no one takes any real offense from these comments. I have been thinking these things for a while; first time to bring it up. It seems that unusual words or phrases are still clinging to posters here, even after being out a while. I guess it is a testimony to how thoroughly you all read WT material... Ya poor things.
What do you think? Is it normal now? Have you noticed it at all?
trying-to-get-out-of-reading-a-proclaimers-book class Ergo unrelated remark about WT writings...