If an Indian (eg) person heard someone say 'oh my Buddha' would they be offended? Do Christians, when they hear ' Christ on a bike' and 'OMG' get offended? G

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marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 17:18:43

sorry if this has been ddiscussed before, Im fairly new to this particular forum.

It really bewilders me, this current saying 'Christ on a bike'. I mean, what the IS that?
You NEVER hear anyone saying 'oh my Mohammed' or 'Oh my Allah' yet its okay to say anything pertaining to God/Heaven/Christ?

anyone have an answer or am I just being pedantic?

crescentmoon Sat 06-Apr-13 22:02:53

found this thread very interesting. i dont think we have 'do not take the Lord's name in vain' in Islam, like ripishere noticed, alot of muslims say 'Ya Allah' which means 'Oh God' when they are exasperated, and in lots of other situations etc! its a prayer by itself and if anything is seen as praiseworthy 'remember God in all situations' a variation what unique said.
i wouldnt ever say 'Muhammad' though, and i dont think any muslims would say 'Muhammad' because he cannot be prayed to, only prayed for.

seeker Fri 05-Apr-13 11:25:20

I don't let my children (when I can hear them) use Oh my God.

I don't know whether other faiths use their deities names as swear words- does anyone else?

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Mon 01-Apr-13 20:21:48

Seems a bit of an odd thing to get offended by really. But then I don't tend to get offended by much. Don't see the point in worrying about it.

you are assuming that the G always stands for god. I say "oh my goodness!" so when I abbreviate it to OMG the g stands for goodness.

springyhippychick Mon 01-Apr-13 15:06:13

I don't like it at all and I wince every time.

It's pretty de rigeur to take a pop at christianity these days, to deride it and anything to do with it. Maybe that's a swing from our days as a Christian nation and people are wanting to make their own choice - but, in the process, swinging dramatically the other way.

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 04:22:28

Not sure whether this is relevant, but we live in Malaysia. I often hear people saying Allah in an exasperated way.

I'm christian and I use christ-like exclamations myself.
if someone pulls me up on it, I jyst tell them that god/jesus is in everything I say or do and I'm asking for help more than anything wink
and apologize if it's offended the listener.

TheFallenMadonna Mon 25-Mar-13 22:39:12

I'm Roman Catholic (a bad Catholic...) and I don't bat an eyelid.

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph" was my Grandma's epithet of choice.

Kewcumber Mon 25-Mar-13 22:33:13

Buddha isn't a deity is he? confused

hiddenhome Mon 25-Mar-13 22:21:37

I'm RC and I always cringe when I see it sad

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 21:10:48

No worries.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 21:07:46

Thats what I meant in the fiirst place!grin wink.

English isnt my first language btw, sometimes things dont come ouyt as intended!!! (nor does my typing!)

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 21:00:35

Clear yes. The answer is being offended is subjective... not generalisable smile

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:48:12

Oh for .........Cog Im not saying all Indians are Buddists any more than any other culture are all something else, try and understand the OP question please, why should i have to explain myself? Im not being pedantic at all.

Am i not making sense? all im asking is would ANYONE of ANY other faiths get offended if their Deity or whoever or whatever they believe in was being used as an expletive.

Any clearer?hmm

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:41:44

If you're going to be pedantic...

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:40:35

Yes do ask the indians you know as that will surely account for all indians.

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:39:39

A minority of indians are Buddhists...so your generalisation is offensive to some. So maybe the point is everyone can be offensive at one time or another, inadvertently.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:39:38

abra I cant believe that! Im jaw on the flloor with that.

Theres a thread somewhere else that satrts Christ oin abike in capital letters.

Lunatic I KNOW! thank you. grin

The Indians I know (and I live in a very Indian area) are Buddhists round here.

Must ask them one day this question, get a different perspective?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Abra1d Mon 25-Mar-13 20:21:55

I don't mind Oh my God as much as I detest (and I'm going to spell it out) Oh my f..king G.d.

I once asked if MN would delete if someone posted Oh my f..king M.ham... on a thread or Oh my f..kin. A...h.

They would.

Some time after I asked if they would delete the Oh my f..king G.d I'd seen in a thread title. No, they said, they wouldn't, because they didn't delete for blasphemy.

I find it a bit confusing, tbh.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Mon 25-Mar-13 20:20:37

When I hear people say OMG it doesn't occur to me that they mean a specifically Christian God. I know several nuns people who say Jesus or Christ because they mean it rather than in a lazy sweary way. Doesn't offend me personally (I'm RC)

More Christians than Buddhists in India, by quite a lot.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 25-Mar-13 20:19:10

My dearest friend is a Christian and used to teach 6th formers. Whenever they said Oh God, or Jesus etc. She used to ask what their problem had to do with them.
It always raised a giggle. She wasn't outwardly offended but will always say this or similar and put people right.

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:15:51

cog I realise that, I said Indians in general as an example, I meant whoever believes in a Deity. Not everyone is a Christian! smile

marjproops Mon 25-Mar-13 20:13:54

But you never hear 'for the love of Vishnu' in your high street do you?

and ok, if Christians use the G word for whatever reasons thats one thing but those that just bandy it about included in the effing C***ing bas** type thing? they're certainly not appealing/praising are they?

and the ones who KNOW you dont like it and wind you up and you ttry your best to ignore, while gnashing teeth.

I once said to someone I know 'for someone who doesnt believe in christ you sure do say his name a lot!' he soon stopped that word!!!

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 20:13:47

Not all indian people are Buddhists?

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