Do you take the Lord's name in vain?

Do you find yourself saying things like "for God's sake!", "Heaven help us", etc?

Or do you, as an atheist, make a conscious effort to abstain from using these figures of speech?

I'd be interested in hearing fellow atheists' thoughts on this.

Views: 912

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Oh My Darwin is really good, thanks for that!  I catch myself saying oh my god a lot and I don't like it.  It's good to have something cool to replace it with.
That is awesome, Cheryl! Gonna start that tomorrow!
I'm partial to JFC.
Now that you mention it, I really need to make an effort to, when I want to cuss, say "random chance damn it!" :)
I say, "Oh my god" all the time but have to watch myself because I just told my 4 year old that she is not allowed to say it or say "God bless you" when you sneeze; which is a whole other rant I could get on. 
In case you didn't know, the back story behind saying 'God bless you' after a sneeze is based on a believe that sneezing got the devil out and if one was blessed before inhaling the devil wouldn't get back in. It probably dates back to the dark ages and plague. It's probably better to say 'Do you want a handkerchief.'

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091127214306AANXFwe

When someone sneezes it is better to say 'Gazuntite' because then you don't have to give them your snotty handkerchief.

 

The word 'gazuntite' is not in the English dictionary or the German dictionary by that spelling. It also is not in the Urban Dictionary yet the word is sometimes used when someone sneezes. It is generally argued that the word comes from German and means 'good health'. It is not a blessing from a religious person.


Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_gazuntite_mean#ixzz1WBqLlB00
On the other hand, the work Gesundheit gets 329 million matches on google.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&pwst=1&sa=X...

It's german for "Health"

Thank you, you are right. The English and German dictionaries define the correct spelling of the word. The alternative or wrong spelling only gets 854 results on Google.

Thanks Napoleon!
How very interesting.  Is that why nose plugs were invented? Keep out SATAN.  I wonder if those nasal strips work, as well?
I tend to use them still, just because it is ingrained in my speaking habits. I don't really see the purpose of curtailing what I say when by the Christian standards I grew up with I was already doomed to hell for saying them before I made the change to atheism lol.

RSS

Support Atheist Nexus

Donate Today

Donate

 

Help Nexus When You Buy From Amazon

Amazon

MJ

© 2014   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service