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15-05-2015, 10:06 AM
Hijacked Words/Phrases
Apologies in advance, if this subject was tackled in a previous thread.

Lately, I've been curious as to the opinion of others, on the topic of words and/or phrases used by a group and claimed as their own (exclusively).

The word that comes to mind for me is: *blessed*

When reading its dictionary definition, I don't find it to be inherently religious in nature.

Are there any words and/or phrases you'd like the nonreligious to feel more comfortable using? Am I totally off base here?

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15-05-2015, 10:26 AM
RE: Hijacked Words/Phrases
I use quite a few religious phrases without attaching any religious connotations to them (mostly blasphemous Wink )

Words and phrases from lots of sources get swallowed up into the collective vocabulary all the time (usually some form of idiom) and their original meaning gets lost.

I see no need to be overly conscious about it and would suggest to any theist who makes something of it to sit down and read through the entire works of Shakespeare, as he's probably had as much an influence (if not more) on the English language.

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15-05-2015, 10:29 AM
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I heard "Oh my no God." Which I like and use quite frequently Thumbsup
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15-05-2015, 11:03 AM
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(15-05-2015 10:29 AM)jennybee Wrote:  I heard "Oh my no God." Which I like and use quite frequently Thumbsup
That's a new one for me, but something I could get use to
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15-05-2015, 11:18 AM
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(15-05-2015 11:03 AM)Cosmic Discourse Wrote:  
(15-05-2015 10:29 AM)jennybee Wrote:  I heard "Oh my no God." Which I like and use quite frequently Thumbsup
That's a new one for me, but something I could get use to

It seems a bit uneuphonic... maybe: Oh My Godless

Godless Damn It!
Good Godless!
Godless Bless You
Godless Willing
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15-05-2015, 11:28 AM
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(15-05-2015 11:18 AM)unfogged Wrote:  
(15-05-2015 11:03 AM)Cosmic Discourse Wrote:  That's a new one for me, but something I could get use to

It seems a bit uneuphonic... maybe: Oh My Godless

Godless Damn It!
Good Godless!
Godless Bless You
Godless Willing
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I really like Good Godless! Thumbsup
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15-05-2015, 11:35 AM
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I would say "faith", "belief", and "evidence" and how apologists have twisted the meanings of those words.

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15-05-2015, 11:37 AM
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(15-05-2015 11:35 AM)The Organic Chemist Wrote:  I would say "faith", "belief", and "evidence" and how apologists have twisted the meanings of those words.

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15-05-2015, 11:38 AM
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(15-05-2015 11:28 AM)jennybee Wrote:  
(15-05-2015 11:18 AM)unfogged Wrote:  It seems a bit uneuphonic... maybe: Oh My Godless

Godless Damn It!
Good Godless!
Godless Bless You
Godless Willing
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I really like Good Godless! Thumbsup

I may have to steal a few of these. The thing is, if you got too used to using them, you may inadvertently out yourself.
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15-05-2015, 11:46 AM
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Language evolves, and there's no governing body for English. I don't have any heartburn with believers using a secular word within their own specific religious context.

I'm prone to saying "goddamn", or many permutations of "jesus christ", when the anger or exasperation is sufficient.
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