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I'm curious to know if some of you can't help themselves saying " Thank God" or Oh my God", even though you're atheist or agnostic ? Just an hour ago I was sure I lost my presto card ( bus card in Toronto). I was panicking... Looking everywhere. When I finally found it I said " Thanks God !!" But immediately I thought God has nothing to do with that. Or anything ! Lol

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I use the expressions "Jesus Christ!", "God dammit!" and "Good lord!" all the time, but I use them as expletives. For me, it's the only thing that they're good for.


I often say "god damn it" or "Jesus fucking Christ!" smile001.gif


I've trained myself to say "thank goodness" in situations like you described instead.

Pamscwf1 Level 7 May 16, 2019

How about Jesus fucking Christ? I say that


No different than saying "oh my god!" during sex.
It's like swearing.
They're just words.

KKGator Level 9 May 16, 2019

I say it all the time. During sex especially. My guy and I are both atheist so its pretty funny. I think its more like a curse word to me lol

ArtzyNerd Level 7 May 17, 2019

Just exposure to common language is all. 😎

Holy fuck! Is another contradiction. Although I do remember some biblical encounters. 😂


I also say "Oh Shit" what I don't have to do number 2!

Krish55 Level 7 May 16, 2019

I've taught myself to say "Thank the Gods". It usually pisses of the Christians, which is my point. Personally, I just see it as a saying. Nothing more.

kiramea Level 7 May 16, 2019

Expressions built into common vernacular nothing to do with deity

bobwjr Level 9 May 16, 2019

It's just a habit. I'm trying to stop negative self-talk and swearing.


I catch my self saying thank god but i am guilty of oh my god


I've been trying also to say something else but it never sounds right.With friends if I say oh my god I'll add ''who does not exist''.lol .J'ai l'impression que vous parlez francais. Oh mon dieu (qui n'existe pas) LOL

actofdog Level 8 May 16, 2019

Yes, I do. After decades, it is ingrained. I do, however, say it less, but it takes conscious thought.


It’s alright, but you’ll have to do ten push-ups while saying “there is no god!”. On the other hand you could just crack open a beer and watch South Park.

Sandman07 Level 5 May 16, 2019

It is just part of our lexicon. We say Hell all of the time even though it does not exist either. We eat devil's food cake. We say the devil is in the detail.

Sticks48 Level 9 May 16, 2019

There is also:
Dad Gum!
Gull Dang!
Gull Darnst!
Dang Me!
Gull Darn!
Gosh Darn!
et. al., et. al., et. al.!

davknight Level 7 May 17, 2019

I say those thing all the time. I also celebrate Christmas. Who cares?


I try to include all of them by saying "thank gods" or "gods damn it". Lol


Yeah, never stopped using 'god' in my day to day phrases. jesus fucking chist is most often used lol. I think of it as a linguistic habit, nothing more.

dellik Level 6 May 16, 2019

I say them in reflex, it's just part of our language. Go tos include, god dammit, holy shit, for the love of christ/god, jfc, christ on a cracker, god in fucking heaven, any combinations and not limited to those lol


Doesn’t matter what you explete. It’s your culture. If you get bogged down with semantics you’ll still be stuck in the deist rut. No one will care one way or the other so give yourself a break and don’t give it any concern.


Yes. I replace god with "goodness". Easy enough. I try to be literal. I thank whoever is responsible, even my brain.


Cultural conditioning.

Of course, I watch a lot of Futurama reruns, so I often say, "Oh your God!"

Paul4747 Level 8 May 16, 2019

Its just words, not a proclamation.

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