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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Oh my God! OMG! Oh my God!

It is the most overworked, overused, annoying phrase in the universe. It is a contagion, a pandemic. A blight on the shiny surface of the beautiful English language. A cheap, meaningless misappropriation of words, used to express everything from mild surprise or disapproval, to extreme elation or disgust. It is the socially acceptable and ubiquitous equivalent of the F bomb, in all its splendid variety. It is...oh my God, I have to write it again...Oh my God!

I detest this expression, and despite the frequency with which I hear it nowadays, I still cringe when it invades my ears.

Is there any cure? Can anything be done to stop the spread of this disease, to inoculate oneself against infection? I fear not. Woe is me!

I never use 'God' except when I am talking to him, or about him.

That felt good. Any comments, precious readers?

4 comments:

  1. I never use Oh my God, nor OMG. I learnt in Christianity class in school that calling for God like this is misuse of His name (2nd Commandment), and as bad as swearing. So, I rather swear >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  2. Same here, Cold As. Aren't you an atheist though...why the adherence to the 4th commandment? Just habit? Good habit. Really enjoying our exchanges mate. Stay with me to the end and your rewards will be great (relatively speaking)

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    1. There are things in the commandments that make sense even for an atheist. Also, as atheist i never feel the need for calling the name of God, not even for these clichéic phrases

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    2. There are things in the commandments that make sense even for an atheist. Also, as atheist i never feel the need for calling the name of God, not even for these clichéic phrases

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