I've recently "come out" as an atheist to family, friends and coworkers, which is not unlike tiptoeing oneself into a pool of very icy water. One of the hardest things for me has been how to eliminate the use of the word "God" as exclamation, i.e. "oh God, Paula is such a drama queen!" or "God, that was an incredible movie!". Yes, it is a rather trite issue but it concerns me. I was raised a Baptist and live in Southern Virginia and even though I grew up with the notion that uttering the word "God" in anything other than prayer or in discourse directly involving the concept was grounds for a stern lecture about using the name of the "Lord" in vain, it grew to become a part of my personal vernacular and I really want to stop using it.
I'd certainly appreciate any feedback or ideas!