I'm Japanese myself and when I'm really really surprised, I can't find anything to say but 'Oh My God!' or 'Jesus!' in English.
But I feel a little bit odd to say that, cause I'm not Christian, and apparently the words like 'Jesus' has much more meaning to it than just a interjection.
So do you feel weird for non-chirstian people to say 'Oh My God' or 'Holy Mother Of Lord' (I've never used this one though lol)?
And if you live in America or England, and you are non-christian, how do you deal with this? Or you don't find it odd?
Please let me know what you think.
(I'm not native speaker of English, so please forgive me for my bad English.)
For one thing, Christians aren't the only ones who believe in a single deity.
For another...I honestly don't care. They're vulgarities, albeit milder ones than what I'm used to hearing, and vulgarities aren't religion specific. You don't have to be a homosexual to call something you really dislike gay (Not that I approve of Gay as a derogatory curse...), so why should you be religious to swear by his name?
You can say "Holy Crap" I think =P
But I slip that G-word too though, both on english and norwegian out of old habits. In norway, some christians frawn upon it, because they are not supposed to use It's name in vain, so they won't say OMG themselves. But most don't care, and the words are so incorporated into our languages that it's barely noticable that you use the words, unless you say it like a fourteen year old girl... Then it's just annoying..
I think it says a lot about Christian center-of-the-universe-ism that you feel saying "Oh my god" is referring to the Deity formerly known as Yahweh when you know nothing about the theological or spiritual leanings of the individual using the exclamation. Usually when I say it I'm referring to Thor. "Oh my god" just rolls off the tongue easier than "By the auburn beard of Asator!".
But you do have a point. From now on when I intend to exclaim "Sweet titty-fucking Christ!" I'll flip a mental coin and if it comes up tails I'll go with "Sweet kiddie-fucking Prophet!", or something along those lines.
I think it says a lot about Christian center-of-the-universe-ism that you feel saying "Oh my god" is referring to the Deity formerly known as Yahweh when you know nothing about the theological or spiritual leanings of the individual using the exclamation.
Given that Christians use "God" as a name for God a great deal, its not an unreasonable understanding.
Technically, the word, "God," is just a title, typically translated to English as, "The Invoked One," from ancient German (Literally, "Called".) Not a name. Semantics aside, it really is just a title--not an actual name. It's like Jews referring to God as Adonai or Eloheinu--both meaning, roughly, "Our Lord," which would be a pretty silly name to have, I think you'll agree.