We deliberately included ‘short forms’ of words and wrote them as they are spoken (versus written) in informal English, including ‘gonna’ ‘hafta’ and will ‘ya’. We spelled them as they are usually spoken in conversations. We are not suggesting that you try to use these ‘squished’ words, although over time, you may begin to reduce some of the words and phrases in EEE naturally. Our purpose for using these forms in Easy Everyday English is so that you will be familiar with the common way of ‘speaking’ in the USA. This website is focused on conversational, relaxed, everyday English usage.
DISCLAIMER: GRAMMAR and SPELLING
Spoken English sentences are not always grammatically correct. (When writing, you’ll need to spell them correctly and use proper grammar.) Because of this, on the EEE website you will see words and expressions that are written the way they are spoken in conversations. We also use some of our own abbreviations, such as s/he (she/he) to shorten words that are used a lot. Click on the EEE Word Codes on the bottom of the homepage for a complete list. Also, EEE rarely includes infinitive when beginning definitions.
We have included words and expressions that have the word ‘God’ in them or that use other words that are related to God. These words are a part of the culture and language of American English. Religious beliefs do not play a part in our decision to list them on our website. These ‘God’ entries are spoken in many situations, and since they could be misunderstood, it’s important for our users to understand their common meanings. Words that are ‘not polite’ are indicated, and we feel that they are not appropriate for children.
DISCLAIMERS: NOT-SO-NICE WORDS – WORDS YOU DON’T WANT TO SAY
It is best NOT to say the words that are in the ‘Not-So-Nice’ word list. These words are considered to be “bad,” so we don’t support their usage. However, since you will commonly hear them, it is beneficial to recognize that these words and phrases are inappropriate. We also believe that it is important for children to know that these words are not nice to say.
DISCLAIMERS: REALLY NOT-SO-NICE WORDS – WORDS YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO SAY
It is best NOT to say the words that are in the ‘Really Not So Nice’ word list. These words are considered to be “really bad,” so we don’t support their usage. However, since you will commonly hear them, it is beneficial to recognize that these words and phrases are really inappropriate. We believe that it is especially important for children to know that these words are really not nice to say. They are the ‘really bad’ words of American English. (Note: For the entries of the ‘Really No- So-Nice’ word list, we intentionally did not put sentence examples as we felt it to be unnecessary.
These are not words that you want your children to hear or say.