Welcome to WEnglish™!
What is WEnglish*?
WEnglish is a form of speaking and writing created by author/linguist Vivian Probst to gender-balance English and bring respect to both genders.
English is a highly-masculine language and generally discredits or ignores what Vivian Probst refers to as ‘That Which Is Not Male’ (TWINM). She seeks to restore honor and dignity for all which she calls ‘WEquality’™.
How is WEnglish different from English?
WEnglish uses three primary methods to transform English into gender balance.
a) All English words that refer to a specific gender continue. Therefore, anyone who is considered by gender to be a man is still identified as man; he; him; his, etc. Anyone who is not a man by gender definition(TWINM), is freed from masculine reference.
For example, WEnglish spells Woman as ‘Womun’ (which is how most of us pronounce it); Women is spelled as ‘Wimin’ (again based on pronunciation). These words now freely express THWIN without any male word influence.
Most other languages already allow that gender separation and have done so been for centuries. Isn’t it time the English allowed TWIMN to enjoy their own word identity?
b) Beyond specific gender, any words (nouns, adjectives, etc.) that spell or sound like ‘he’, ‘him’ ‘his’, ‘man’ ‘men’ without a TWINM equivalent simply are not used and are replaced with other words.
Words that appear derogatory to TWINM are also not used.
Examples: Mis-take, -appropriate, -adventure, -behave, -calculate, etc. ‘Ev-il’
c) English grammar uses three articles: ‘the’, a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’. ‘The’ is our most common word and it’s spelling ‘t-h-e’ is masculine because of ‘he’ in its spelling, based on #2 above. WEnglish changes that by following how we use ‘a’ and ‘an’.
Articles ‘A or ‘An’ are used based on whether a consonant or vowel is first in a next word: ‘a box’; ‘an apple’.
English always spells ‘the’ as ‘t-h-e’ even though it is most often pronounced as ‘tha’ if it precedes a word beginning with a consonant, or ‘the’ if in precedes a word beginning with a vowel. Notice how we say ‘tha box’ versus ‘the apple’. WEnglish distinguishes its spelling exactly as our articles ‘a’, and ‘an’ are used so that ‘tha’ precedes consonants and ‘the’ precedes vowel words.
These are primary aspects of WEnglish although there are others. Ultimately, it’s a question of giving equality to both genders.
If you read something written in WEnglish you might not notice that it’s different, but it is. Do words contain power? Can these simple changes that give wimin their own words enhance equality? Vivian believes she honors both genders by her work with WEnglish.
Coming in 2019/2020: Tha Womun Who Forgot Who She Was, a five volume fictional series written in WEnglish.
Vivian Probst hopes that her concept of a gender-balanced English will spread and give wimin a way to honor and recognize their separate, independent and equal existence, embracing their power and contribution to life while honoring and recognizing men in an equal way.