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Sometimes I think we atheists/agnostics put just a bit too much importance on some "religious" words.

Words like: Thankful, luck, blessed, amen.

I made a comment today that I was so lucky to get out of work in time to see the game.

A fellow nonbeliever seemed to get triggered over my word choice and went on and on and ON over there is no such thing as luck and that I sounded like a believer...blah, blah, blah.

After he exhausted himself talking, I asked him if he felt better and then told him, "Dude, you know me. You know I do not believe in the wooo hooo shit so you know it was just me saying I was glad to be able to leave. Next time you do something silly and I call you a son of a bitch, are you going to want to fight me for insulting your mom? No, because you can use common sense...most of the time."

He pouted in the corner with his beer the rest of the time I was there. insert eye roll

I see atheists do it all the time though. Someone says bless you and they get triggered. Someone says have a blessed day, they get triggered. Someone says they are thankful...triggered.

I wish I had so little things in my life to worry about that I could mount a crusade every time someone used a word I thought might be used as a "religious" word.

Bless all their little hearts. smile002.gif

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Thank god someone else agrees on this.

Jnei Level 8 July 11, 2018
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πŸ’―

LOL

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When did religion claim the words thankful and luck? New one to me.

powder Level 5 July 12, 2018
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Ya, new to me too.
I can be thankful that someone helped me fix my car.
I can feel lucky that someone passed by, saw me in the ditch, and stopped to help with my car.
neither have anything to do with god.

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Huh, I always saw "luck" as kinda anti god. Like god has a divine plan whereas luck is random. I'd think christians would hate luck, non christians like it!

pepperjones Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Yes!!! Thank you! People get so bent over the most trivial things.

Knd502 Level 6 July 11, 2018
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You can bless somebody without it having a religious connotation. You can be thankful without it being religious too. I agree with you some people misinterpret words.

lck1256 Level 4 July 11, 2018
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I do enjoy a good blaspheme. smile009.gif

Paul628 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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In my opinion, luck plays a major roll in everyone's life. Luck is just a word to describe some phenomenon. It is just a random event the happens to be in your favor at any given time and bad luck not in your favor.
I never get my self in a stupor over what words someone chooses to use.

jlynn37 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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I will admit to getting a little skitchy over the word "blessed" depending on the context, but it's certainly not worth pouting over. "Luck" has nothing to do with religion. Most religions are anti-luck. Everything happens for a reason and all that jazz.

Minta79 Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Half of those words, except for bless you and amen, are words that have meaning outside of religion. Luck is not mystical, in fact most religious people don't like the word since it implies that God was not involved. As for thankful, you can be thankful without a deity. I am thankful for the life I have had, for my family being healthy and happy, for the love I have shared, even the though they didn't work out long term. I am thankful for the experience.

Barnie2years Level 6 July 11, 2018
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^^^ This!

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Unless someone starts thumping a bible in my face or if their faith is causing harm to others I'm ok with them and their delusions.

I use the word "luck" as a simple one-word figure of speech describing an advantageous coincidence.

Paul628 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Amen!

hankster Level 8 July 11, 2018
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πŸ‘πŸΌ

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LOL @ "insert eye roll" I agree with you. It is like certain words trigger an offense. The word luck doesn't have anything to do with a deity. I still say "bless you" when someone sneezes. And will continue to do so as long as I live. That doesn't change my thoughts on religion.

Shelton Level 8 July 11, 2018
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The idioms that I use in my adult life are merely thoughtless parts of my vocabulary. I use them to express emotion in a context most people can relate to, but are not meant to be literal.
For instance, Things like β€œGood God...”, and β€œI hope and pray that...” sound religious. However I never consider them to be. In my head it’s just more polite than saying Fuck all the time. LOL

Clever2day Level 3 July 12, 2018
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I say, "Jeeeesus" all the time.

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I agree with you 100% - too many fragile egos.

SLBushway Level 6 July 11, 2018
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We acquire certain phrases and sayings through what's best described as mimicry. They take on a mutually understood meaning regardless of the original context they come from. So 'thank god' is an inherited gesture meaning roughly 'I'm glad that' etc. There's no implied religious overtones in any such commonly used phrase. It's pointless trying to fight such usage, we'll all slip up eventually if the phrases are in our lingual repertoire. The only time when I'd think it was worth considering your choice of words is when speaking to someone with a very poor grasp of your language, or even using any method of translation. In this case the intended usage of the words is easily lost. This can also sometimes apply to different regional dialects of the same language. Sorry to go on about it, I love shit about language 😊

Salo Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Next time tell him to go to a casino and study the odds regarding serendipity. smile009.gif There is a whole non religious industry based on that word.

kensmile4u Level 7 July 11, 2018
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I say things like god only knows, thank god, Jesus jumped up christ, and my personal favorite, christ on a bike! all the time without any religious connotation at all. They are common phrases in the English language.

Iam4MY Level 6 July 11, 2018
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LOL. Never heard the term "Christ on a bike!"

@Shelton It is my favorite and always gets a laugh!

@Lookin4love Certainly made me laugh!

I prefer 'Dead Jew on a stick'. Such as, "I swear by the dead Jew on a stick it's true."

@evidentialist LOL. That is a good one too!

I like jesus jumped up christ! I'm gonna use it.

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What a puerile thing to be triggered by! It sounds as if your friend is very insecure in his atheism.

Strabo Level 5 July 11, 2018
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He was something today that's for sure.

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Seems that some of us take ourselves to seriously, and walk a very, very tight and strict life.
Really takes the fun out of living.

Clare Level 7 July 12, 2018
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I don’t worry about using religious buzzwords anymore. Any time I get grief from someone about that kind of thing I just like to point out that since I’m a non-believer I can blaspheme all I want.

Computerjones Level 4 July 12, 2018
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Amen brother...oops, see what I did there?

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Those kinds of people are why we as a group have a bad reputation. Their social skills are in the negatives. Right up there with the grammar police and people who laugh at every controversial joke at a comedy show but get offended when something hits home on them.

jorj Level 7 July 11, 2018
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You handled that very well...good for you!

ReadyforaChange Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Crusade? You used the word 'crusade'. What the hell is wrong with you, man? You sound like some kind of believer twit or something. This here is an agnostic/atheist site by god. We don't use language like that around here. We is ... sophisticamated. By god, if I hear language like that around here again coming from you, you'll be wishing to Jeeezusss you hadn't. You could go to atheist hell for that.

evidentialist Level 8 July 11, 2018
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...boy once you get started!!!!

@Freedompath -- Just getting warmed up.

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I generally say thank you and be on my way.

Mikeb56 Level 6 July 11, 2018
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I see luck as just chance events occurring in what is perceived to be your favour, doesn't have to be the result of divine intervention.

Danochy Level 2 July 12, 2018
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