Do any of y'all use religious phrases and expressions? Such as:
-Doing the lord's work = doing working that's hard but important
-There but for the grace of god go I = I could easily be in that person's shoes if I were unlucky
-Godspeed = good luck and safe travels on your arduous journey
-If the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise = if I have good luck, things will turn out OK
-Let go and let god = Let stuff go and see how it turns out
-God dammit / Go to hell / other "curse" words/phrases
So do you use phrases like these? If so, which ones? Have you found better alternatives? I'm from the South so these and other sayings are part of the vernacular
I'm from the south & yes, I still use "god speak" & consider it part of the dialect. You don't get much better snark than a bit of "god speak" & a southern drawl. I mean, not a day goes by I don't say, "bless your heart" or "good thing god made you pretty".
As for my favorite curses invoking religion...feckin hell where to begin. "Jumpin jesus on a pogo stick" usually turns heads. I will pull a "jesus mary & joseph" in polite company. "Sweet baby jesus" and when I've had enough, "I don't care if you walk on water & turn it into wine, ::insert ass chewin here::" & my all time favorite, "we about ta have a come ta jesus meetin" (thats not a good thing).
I pretty much use all of them.
Doing the lord's work = I say that sometimes, especially when dealing with Evangelicals. I believe that the "Lord's work" is to show them that he hates them because they're such douche bags. Showing Evangelicals this takes away their moral superiority.
There but for the grace of god go I = All the time. Life is confusing and makes no sense, and sometimes suffer very little for the crazy stuff I've done while others pay the ultimate price.
Godspeed = I would suspect that God is the only thing that can travel faster than light, so, if you can travel fast than light... Whoo Hoo!
If the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise = We are very much dependent upon nature. Our lives depend upon her/it/him/whatever it is. I will survive if nature gets behind me, but without help from nature, I'm screwed.
if I have good luck, things wil l turn out OK... Or as I like to say, "If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all. Gloom despair and agony on me.
Let go and let god =I'm a huge Scooby Doo fan. Let go let Dog.
God dammit / Go to hell / Jesus Fuckin' Christ / Mother Mary Singer Sower / God to the infinite Fuck / Satan is my Copilot / May the Force be with you.
Not in that context but i often use religious images/phrases in my poetry songs in an ironic way. I figure i was indoctrinated in it, steeped in the knowledge of it, the images are instantly recognised by most people so why not use it to my advantage. ?
I'm still not the kind of atheist, in Sir Terry Pratchett's words, who can say things like "Random fluctuations in the space time continuum!" or "Primitive and outmoded concept on a crutch!" when I stub my toe. So yeah, I still say things like "Jesus H Christ!"
Oh god no! I'd rather be in hell than use religious phrases, holy moly, heaven forbid that I should be tempted to quote from the good book, holy Mary mother of god, she'd be spinning in her grave.
Hells bells enough already, can't think of anymore right now but I use loads and then regret it, I try not to.
I wasn't indoctrinated into religion so I never used the term Lord and still don't. But I find that suddenly, being here, I use religious phrases in an ironic kind of way. 'I am blessed' comes to mind. It's delicious to embrace the phrasing of the religious in a nonbelieving venue.