Scientology Glossaries

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Ex-Scientology Kids (current) Full Text Online HTML
Scientology Critical Information Directory (current) Full Text Online HTML
Tampa Bay Times (2014)  Full Text Online HTML
Operation Clambake (1994 – 1997) Full Text Online HTML

One of the things that strikes non-Scientologists is the language used by members, laden with abbreviations, acronyms, coined words, lingo and even re-defined common words. All of the official terms are listed in Scientology dictionaries, which Scientologists are required to buy.

Teasing some meaning out of Scientology’s pronouncements is difficult enough, without having to learn a new language. We hope that these resources help. The first link (ex-Scientology Kids) is up-to-date, comprehensive, and accessible.

Critics suggest that the heavy emphasis on Scientology’s private language serves a number of functions, for example:

  • Improves group solidarity
  • Excludes outsiders
  • Gives the member a sense of self-importance (though the use of  ‘specialised terms’ that the ‘less educated’ cannot understand)