Because Einstein was a Jew, and/or not devoid of religious affiliations?
But I like Darwin, and I guess any big scientist would do.
I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.- Albert Einstein, letter to Guy H. Raner Jr, July 2, 1945, responding to a rumor that a Jesuit priest had caused Einstein to convert from atheism; quoted by Michael R. Gilmore in Skeptic, Vol. 5, No. 2
As far as replacing "Jesus!" with "Darwin!" is concerned, I don't think it would be the best move to equate the two.
We get enough accusations of worshiping something (satan, whatever) without maybe making them think we worship Darwin by doing this. I might say "thank [some scientist]" when I am talking about something he or she actually accomplished.
Seconded. I'm English and Afrikaans and both languages have an equal amount of religious swear words.
Jissus! Jislaaikit! Jissus! and liewe Jesus! are just as common as "Christ!" and "fucking hell" for me :/
I say "excuse me" when I sneeze, and I'm training myself just to be quiet when someone else sneezes, although "bless you" is the unthinking norm here as well.
I say "excuse you" when someone sneezes, and recently noticed I apologize if I am the one doing the sneezing lol.
I would have a hard time getting rid of ALL the words I use. Jeezus fucking christ and goddamnit are my 2 big ones.
When I get to god fucking damnit, I am pretty pissed off.