Sugar-Coated Cuss Words. Should a Christian say Gee?

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  1. Tom Butler

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    In another thread, a poster used the word "heck," and got gigged for it. So, let's talk about it.

    Do any of you use any sugar-coated cuss words? And are some more acceptable than others for believers?

    Are you talking dirty when you say Gosh, Gosh Darn, Gee, Dad-gummit, Golly, Golly Moses, Doggone, Daggone or, say, heck? I've even heard folks say hecky-darn. One of our posters used Sheesh and another Geesh? Anything wrong with them?

    What about Shoot, Shucks, Oh Sugar, etc.?

    How about Egad?

    The hounds are now released.
     
  2. Tom Bryant

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    or fiddlesticks... or mercy me ...

    personally, it's a who cares issue.:sleep:
     
  3. Alive in Christ

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    I say lots of them

    Shoot. Gee. Good grief.

    "What the heck are you doing?"

    Holy Smokes.

    Oh, my goodness.

    etc etc.

    I just find it highly curious when legalists say that christians shouldnt do that. Good grief, shoot, golly gee willikers dont they have something important to gripe about! :tongue3:
     
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    Hmm. Gee, I'll have to think about this one. Sounds like one heck of problem to me.
     
  5. Scarlett O.

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    Well....

    .....for the most part when people say words like, "cotton-picking" or "dang", it's for just emphasis or comic relief. Unlike true profane speech, which is for shock value, juvenile attention, and reveals a crude nature.

    However, one must consider the weaker brother (or sister). I said a mild word on this board once and was racked over the coals (privately) by another member who took GREAT offense at it. ("dang")

    So, I try not to use words like that anymore on the BB.

    But on the other hand, our speech, just like our behavior and mind, should be tempered to be like that of Christ.

    I want great things to happen when I say something, not bad things.

    When God spoke, planets and solar systems came into existence. When Jesus spoke, people rose from the dead. When the Holy Spirit speaks, people get saved.

    Because we are created in God's image, we should want our speech to be a moving force for good and not evil.

    Now, see if you can straddle that fence like I did! LOL!!
     
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    Idioms are idioms...every language has 'em.

    Gee whiz...ya can't lose them all. We should do our best to savour our language with the fruits of the Spirit, but narrow minded legalism often can attempt to speak an a-biblical issue into codified law.

    Some of the most cussinist Baptists I've known have attended the local IFB congregation. ;)
     
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    dag-nabit is my habit
     
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    It's a heart issue. If the intent is vulgarity, it's a sin...if it's a part of normal, cultural speech, it's most likely not.
     
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    I have heard people say " O Hover Dam" hmm

    I was told that "dog gone it" is code for G*% Da## it.

    and that "Gee" is short for "Jesus"

    I would suppose if someone is definitely offended, then we should consider I Cor 8:13
     
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    Egad? Never considered that one... hmmm.. how do you use that in a sentence?
     
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    Hmm, Evangelical Gives Awful Depositions
     
  12. Tom Butler

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    Egad is a mild way of saying Ye Gods! It's an Old English epithet, I think.

    Another Old English expression is Odds Bodkins--which may be a Cockney way of saying God's Body. That was a pretty strong epithet a few centuries ago.

    I'm not bothered by the mild stuff we've been talking about. It's mostly harmless. But for some reason I just shudder when I hear people say Oh My God, or My God. Does that bother anybody else? On the other hand, the sugar-coated version--Oh My Goodness--sounds like a good Baptist expression to me.
     
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    How shall I phrase this? I think that's just plain silly. I once got slammed for saying "Geez" in another thread. Yet I was told that other people's use of "dadgummit" was okay. Go figure.

    My rule of thumb ha sbeen that, if it offends a reasonable person's ear, I wont' use a word in that particular company (emphasis on 'reasonable') so as not to leave a bad impression. That said, it's worthy to note that the use of such words is, for the most part, not immoral or unscriptural. It's usually a case of some people having too much time on their hands.

    As was said earlier, if the intent is vulgarity, it's a sin. If it's a part of normal, cultural speech, it's most likely not. Now, if you'll pardon me, I've got to get back to planning my trip to Hoover Darn, or there will be Hades to pay.
     
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    Yes!

    I am not sure this is true and I would never relate one with the other
     
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    SHOCK!!! AWE!!! It's Johnv!!!


    I'VE MISSED YOU!
     
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    There is a good reason to shutter. I've written about it before. Some Christians may use it without thinking of the ramifications. It's sinful. Of course non-believers are certainly not giving any glory to God when they utter such things. It's really pouring condemnation on them.

    No one should say such a thing -- especially Christians -- Baptists included. "My goodness"?! Certainly not. It should be :"O my imputed goodness." That's much more biblical and God-honoring.

    Another thing. If one sugar-coats something doesn't that mean that underneath is something not so sweet?
     
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    I don't like hearing it, and it's about the same for message boards or texting "OMG," and that sometimes with another letter inserted. A few times when I have heard someone say "Oh my God!" I put the question "What about him?" Usually the utterer says "Who?" Maybe once in a great while that could be the 'entry' to talking something deeper, but I have not had it so happen.

    But it's interesting that the older members of my family took offense when television started putting that expression into most shows in the 70's, when all along they often used "Oh my Lord!" to express surprise or disdain. Just what's the difference??

    As for "Oh my goodness!"... for myself I consider that undefined.
     
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    OK, since we are splitting hairs let me split one...

    The sin behind saying OMG.. is taking the Lord's name in vain... am I correct?

    God is not the Lord's name.. YHWH is.

    Yahwah or Jehovah...

    OK.. done splitting the hairs...

    And for what it's worth.. OMG bothers me too.
     
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    The expression "OMG" bothers you. But since the word God is used instead of Yahwah or Jehovah then it's perfectly permissible to employ the word God in a sugar-coated interjection? I don't follow your logic.
     
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    Sorry.. I am just splitting hairs.. Yes, "oh my God" bothers me as well..

    BUT technically... when God gave the commandment to Moses, the Hebrews would have understood that Commandment to mean "YHWH" that is why our English bibles replace "YHWH" with "LORD" and why, I have heard, some Hebrew documents leave a space so the scribes wouldn't have to write "YHWH"...

    All this talk about "YHWH" makes me realize something... God is very technilogically savvy... He was the first to use SMS...

    And the first to use Powerpoint... remember, the handwriting on the wall.
     

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