I am of the opinion that we need some new exclamations and expletives!All of the ones I know are religiously oriented or varieties thereof.Any good ideas???
Geeeeeez! Oh GOSH!
You must be forgetting the whole class of urination and excrement derivatives. ;)
I also say "dastard" with a d instead of a b. It actually means what people are getting at, without disrespecting people who happened to be born to an unwed mother.
I have been credited with the term "a$$bucket".
One of my favorite insults was from a friend of mine called Davey, who lives in NYC, who signed off a response to some guy who was making a bad argument about security in NYC, that he was "seriously thinking of moving to where" the poster lived "because it was obviously a safe place to be stupid."
I'm still not satisfied! I need an "old standard" substitution. I asked my 8 yr old DS who said I should say, 'HEY!" or "WOW" or "OOOOPS" or "NOOOOOOOOO".LOL...out of the mouth of babes.
I admit, the one I'm looking for a substitute for is the one that I hear a hundred times a day..."OH my God!"
The one that I use the most, though, is $hit. As is, "Let's get our $hit picked up!" The kids asked me, "Mom, why is your stuff 'stuff' and our stuff is '$hit'"?!I love them!!!
P.S. I promise I don't use that one every day or anything...! LOL
P.S. GEEZ...the morality checker made me change the word "$hit"! GEEZ.
PPSS. Also, GEEZ. Such a variation of 'Jesus". You just can't get away from them!
I once heard someone say "Oh Your God" instead. Took me a second to get it, but I eventually understood.
My point is that I don't want to use ANY words with religious overtones or roots. I'm just that way. lol
So, Cheese and Rice, while very funny, LOL, would fit into that group. See?
Well, my search continues! I thought this group could some up with something clever...Oh well Geeeeeeez.
I often swear in foreign languages (as a former merchant seaman I learned quite a few).
There is also the term "Frack" from Battlestar Galactica.
<<"Mom, why is your stuff 'stuff' and our stuff is '$hit'"?!>>
You kids have been watching George Carlin, haven't they? And not when he was the conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine/Shiny Time Station.
About 2:10 into :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac
"Oh my God!" is an interjection usually used to express surprise or annoyance. There are lots of other interjections that do the same thing, like "yikes!" "blarg!" or "please!" If you want to be more expletive-y, f- and s-based words are so very multi-purpose.
Interjections are so easy because you can say pretty much anything in the right tone. "Well, cut off my legs and call me shorty!" is basically a long, non-religious version of the surprise-"Oh my God!" The real trick is training yourself to stop saying one and start saying the other.
Getting rid of everyday superstitious language is a lot harder. Even though there's a less obvious connection to god(s), words like "luck," "fortune," "destiny," and "fate" are just as much woo but can be found all over the place. Even if you've stopped saying junk like, "everything happens for a reason," do you still say "good luck" to people? What about saying, "unfortunately"? I doubt you actually believe that an "external, arbitrary force" is affecting your affairs (from my dictionary's definition of 'fortune') any more than you think a personal god cares that you're annoyed at the lameness of the joke you just heard. Maybe that's going too far to "fix" one's language, but people who hear you say "Oh my God!" are probably not thinking about deities any more or less than people think about external, arbitrary meddling forces when you say "unfortunately." ;)