That was Dennet describing how glad he was he survived some medical emergency, at the 2007 AAI conference. Now whether that's where it originated is another question.
You rock. XD LMAO!
What I like, and people always give me shit for it is:
"Why in God's green hell"
"Hot as heaven"
"Oh my" (about the only tame one)
and on and on and, you get the picture. It's fun when words have no meanings. O_o
I'm trying to curb my profanity but when I get really stressed I get quite vocal. Not to be confused with being very angry in which I go silent and is very effective for those who know me.
Even after my mental transformation I still fall back on "goddammit" in order to pass the blame of my mistake.
Most of the time in stressful situations I use very gutteral language like "motherfucker" or "mutha fucking son of a bitch"
On the less extreme I use the phrase "dumbass" from the 70's show (yes I like the Red Foreman character)
and something from a funny movie called "Johnny Dangerously" I like the quote "Dem Farging Bastages" from a character who wasn't very good at the Enlgish language.
As a professional linguist, I have to disagree with the statement "one cannot understand English without a basic knowledge of Christianity". That's a rather unsupportable assertion. Sure, there is much in English with what seems to be Christian origins. It's probably more accurate to say, English as we know it would be different without the influence of Christianity. It would also be different without the influence of just about every language - ancient and modern - that has ever existed. It is also accurate to say Christianity would have no language at all without Latin, Greek, Arabic, French, etc. and the many cultures from which it has borrowed or stolen. Let's remember that Christianity didn't invent the language it uses. It also didn't invent much of its own content. Borrowing and making one's own is a long tradition far outdating Christianity.
At any rate, I believe it quite possible and common for persons to speak English with little to no reference to Christianity. Sometimes, I go months without doing so.
I appreciate your professional input. Should I re-write this proposal I will take your comment into consideration.