I don't have the literary skills that most others on this site have, nor the time to do research.
But I only wanted to write a blurb tonight on the small bits of text we/I speak on occasion without really thinking about them. Even in my Godlessness, I find myself still saying "Oh my god" and "bless you" (when people sneeze) at times.
"How on God's green earth" do I stop myself from doing this?
"God damn't!" There I go again, references to religion in everyday speak.
Not like censoring myself would help, but maybe shedding light on "our" clean words (compared to curse words) can be helpful to our culture. Take for instance an episode of "Bullshit" from Penn & Teller. They confronted curse words and how it's all bullshit!
A woman crusading to clean up our language decided to make "Santa Vaca" her alternative to "holy shit" or "god damn't." Yet Penn politely (heh) pointed out that Santa Vaca refers to "Holy Cow" which could be taken as offensive to Hindus. Turns out this woman, even in her attempt to make the world a better place, is just ignorantly switching which culture she's offending.
Yes I understand curse words have their place. I don't go around just shouting them for the fun of it! I just make sure that I understand the true meaning of these before I go using them. Which is good advice no matter what words you use.
So with that, I say "good night"
"In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer." ~Mark Twain