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Friday, July 23, 2010

Good CiF piece on translating (or not) religious expressions in everyday speech

By Marie Dhumières.

I especially liked the comment

As an atheist, sometimes I find myself exclaiming "Thank God for that!" in relief; "Good God!", "Good Grief", "Jesus!" etc. in surprise. Usually, though, it's because I'm in company where "Fuck me!" "Thank fuck for that!" or "Fuck my old boots!" would cause offence. I don't want to be rude, after all. *ahem*

And I am seriously thinking of adopting "May God Dress You" (though the comment that Gok would be a better choice has much to commend it).

8 Comments:

At 26 July, 2010 01:47, Blogger Persephone said...

Maybe you should consider ditching expressions such a "Good Morning" (short for "God give you good morning") and, particularly, "Goodbye" ("God be with ye.") Or maybe we can all just relax...

 
At 27 July, 2010 00:21, Blogger Rob said...

"Bless you" for sneezes is a good one. And of course "Bloody" ("By Our Lady").

 
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