About English Usage In This Website


Several of the English usages in the Pappa Joseph messages may be unique to this website, while a few others, though not common, are used by some other writers.

The omission of the unnecessary letter ‘p’ in all words beginning with this letter but where it is not pronounced, such as: psyche (syche), psychology (sychology), psychiatry (sychiatry).

This website uses modifiers for many words in a form which is not normally found in other writings. Example: ‘fairize’ – ‘Can you fairize the contract so that both parties are satisfied with the terms?’ Instead of ‘Can you ensure the contract is a fair one so that…?’

A word may sometimes be used as another part of speech by omitting its traditional modifier and just using the trunk word. Examples: ‘climate’ instead of ‘acclimatize’ – ‘It took several weeks for me to be climated to the heat of this country’; ‘hospital’ instead of ‘hospitalize’; – ‘He had to be hospitaled after splurging excessively on oysters.

Some traditional punctuation rules are cast aside for more logical ones. Instead of using a double apostrophe (“) to start a quote, and then use a single apostrophe for quotes within that sentence, Pappa Joseph messages follow the reverse rule. Another instance is the use of a comma after a closing apostrophe, and not before, in quotes. Example: ‘I am not sure if the person who shouted to me “Stay calm!”, and then pulled me out of the burning vehicle was an angel or a human’,  said John.

The apostrophe (‘) traditionally used in contractions such as, ‘don’t, shouldn’t, hasn’t’, is eliminated in all my writings. The only exceptions are ‘can’t’ and ‘won’t’, as cant and wont have other meanings.

In using pronouns that refer to a neuter nouns such as ‘person, parent, teacher, anyone, child, teenager’, etc, I have used a modified form of the Spivak system popularized by Michael Spivak, a mathematician-educator who used it in his books. The following are the Spivak words:‘e’ instead of ‘he or she’; ‘es’ instead of ‘his or her’; ‘em’ instead of ‘him or her’; ‘emself’ instead of ‘himself or herself’.With the Spivak system, a sentence using the word ‘infant’ would look like this:‘A newborn infant should be dandled in es parents’ arms as frequently as possible, for this will make em more secure, and e will be better able to handle difficulties by emself later on.’

There may be other nontraditional usages in this website. Most of them are based on the principles given in my book ‘Idiotic English and Idiomatic English’, and in the section ‘Influential English’ in my other website ‘Word Daily Bread’.

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