In reference to the emboldened text, where? I've lived in Britain almost all my life and I never saw anybody, Orthodox or not, write Oecumenical until I saw you do it on this forum. It certainly isn't standard British English and we all write Ecumenical Patriarch. What you write looks wannabe Greek to me and I'm sure it does to everyone else, but then you appear to be a wannabe Greek also, and have pretty much admitted as much before. I don't really care, you can wish you were whatever you like, but please don't try to pass off your linguistic idiosyncracies as something they aren't.
I've been reading through this thread over the past few days, and I must take issue with this because it is simply not true. While it appears that greekischristian may be rightly accused of many things, passing off his linguistic style as standard is not one of them.[Professional hat]
Speaking as a copy-editor and proofreader, it is quite true that in general terms
, with words of Latin or Greek origin, where Americans will, for some unexplained reason, omit the 'a' in 'ae' (Latin)
and the 'o' in 'oe' (Greek)
, the English will retain them. A few examples of this are anaemia
. In all of these cases, the general American usage is to leave out the 'a' or the 'o'. In British usage (I cannot speak for elsewhere), oecumenical
is a special case with its own trends: when speaking of the "ecumenical movement" (the co-operation of different Christian groups based on an acceptance of the idea of branch theory), then it is customary to omit the 'o', whereas when speaking of the Oecumenical Patriarchate
, it is customary to retain it. Whereas, occasionally, I have seen the 'o' omitted when referring to the latter example, it is by no means the norm in British usage. Certainly, if a text were to be sent to me for editing, in which there were a reference to the Oecumenical Patrarchate without the 'o', I would change it - not because it would be incorrect, for it is perfectly acceptable spelling - but we have a trend in the language whereby the two uses of the word are distinguished from one another, and it aids clarity of meaning if we adhere to that trend.[/Professional hat]
Greekischristian has certainly not made it up.
Michael(who is glad to be able to contribute something to this thread, having been confused by much of the rest of it).