I don't understand something that I do. I use the phrase "goddamnit". Alot. In fact, it's my default expression of anger or frustration.

What I don't understand is why I say it. I didn't plan to. I didn't sit down one day and decide, "from now on 'goddamnit' is the phrase". It just came out, so to speak.

This is curious to me because I no longer believe there is a god to damn people. I no longer believe that people can be damned. And I no longer believe there is a place to be damned to.

But, goddamnit, it sure seems to be a favorite phrase of mine!

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Comment by SteveInCO on March 12, 2012 at 5:02pm

"... since Christ was a corporal" seems to be common in the military.

Someone mentioned "Christ on a crutch."  I kind of like the variant I saw once:  "Christ on a cracker"

Comment by Scott Howard on March 12, 2012 at 6:05pm

Guilty. I was in the Air Force when I heard it. 

Comment by Scott Howard on March 12, 2012 at 6:06pm

@ Stephen or to borrow from Achmed the dead terrorist, "allah dammit!"

Comment by Mith Barnes on March 12, 2012 at 7:07pm

I use everything from "goddamnit" to "Jesus-H-Roosevelt-Christ!" (A personal favorite, no clue how Roosevelt got into it...)

You don't need to believe it to cuss it, and frankly, the sacrilege* of it only makes it that much more satisfying. Certainly adds shock value, which is rather what swear words are supposed to do... 

*(Am I the only one who thinks that word is spelled totally wrong? Shouldn't it be sacrelig...as in religious? I digress...)

Comment by Scott Howard on March 12, 2012 at 8:04pm

Speaking of spelling, my spell checker has informed me that it is goddammit, not goddamnit. I stand corrected and properly contrite for my error.

Comment by Stephanie Tope on March 12, 2012 at 10:24pm

Oh yes, I hate the fact that these phrases are something that we are conditioned to say! I always try and catch myself when saying those things. Instead of saying "Oh My God" I say "Oh My Earth" or "Thank Earth" instead of "Thank God". The hardest part is trying to condition yourself not to say those phrases!

Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on March 12, 2012 at 10:45pm

Once I said "Good god" and my atheist buddy said "not in Africa." and I laughed hard and recognized how pointless wasting breath on justifying my use of "god" as an expletive was. Now I don't give a good god damn.

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2012 at 10:52pm

Stephanie, I hope you're joking. Just go ahead and use those (religion-based) expressions. They involve "using the Lord's name in vain," and so you are in fact insulting Christianity when you use them. Or if you don't like that, why not simply substitute some of the familiar alternative exclamations like "Oh man!," "Thank goodness," and "My word." Using uncolloquial expressions will just sound jarring and odd and have people wondering if you understand how language works.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 13, 2012 at 6:52am

Thank god I'm an atheist!

Google "god fucked up".

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