Disclaimer this thread is rated M for "mature audiences" so to our younger TA members, you are forewarned.
Similar to the excellent post about Atheismisms, I would like to take the discussion to a similar but more specific topic, orgasms!
So, how many of us still say, like "bless you" when you sneeze, mainly out of habit, "oh god" or "oh my god" when you have an orgasm?
I have to confess sometimes I do. Does this is ever bother you? Do you catch yourself and think, does this give the believers ammo? When you are at your most excited and ecstatic place physically, you scream out to the the invisible man! What does this say?!? For those from other countries I would like to know what you all say?
Pi! Pi! Pi! Pi!
Phi! Phi! Phi! Phi!
Golden Raito! Ratio! Golden Ratio! Golden Ratio!
...or "Oh friction!!!"
i don't say anything when somebody sneezes, although chris hardwick on the nerdist podcast suggested shouting "science" or "secular humanism."
as for saying god or any other skybully name during a heated moment, it's just a word. you could just as easily say abraca-pocus.
I have to admit these are all just words in the vocabulary to me. I don't see any problem using them at all and to make a big deal out it just plays into the theist's hands IMO. They have become a form of communication that is generally recognised by all and if I was asked to account for it, that would be my answer. I'm simply using an expression that everyone recognises to convey my pleasure or disgust at something.
Goddammit, I've gone and got all serious about this haven't I? :P
I think it's silly to say something after people sneeze and say nothing after a cough. I try to respond similarly to both. I either say nothing or "You ok? Needa tissue/drink?" I still forget sometimes and say "bless you."
My boyfriend and I loved this suggestion from comedian, Daniel Tosh, and do it whenever we sneeze around each other. Our reaction has evolved from a simple "get out of him" to wrapping our hands around the others throat while jokingly strangling each other and commanding the demons to get out. He's started doing it to me in public and it's pretty hilarious.
I do say "oh my god!" and "OMG" out of excitement. I doubt I'll ever stop that. It doesn't really bother me. However, whenever I say "oh god" in bed, my boyfriend (who looks just like Jesus) usually whispers "stop talkin about my dad."
historically, the 'bless you' after a sneeze comes from a superstitious belief that it would ward off the plague, which has sneezing as one of the early signs you were about to die... ring around the rosie is a direct reference to the physical change your body goes through when you had it so, as the end of the poem goes... ashes, ashes, we all fall down... sneezes and dies!
i am not superstitious so i don't say anything, didn't when i was a christian either.
in the throes of passion, wow is usually acceptable!