Do you say “Oh my G**!” or “Oh my gosh!”?

Oh my G**! or Oh my gosh!

Listen to random conversations around you. You will definitely notice more people verbally spewing “Oh my G**!” to express their excitement rather than using the phrases  “Oh my gosh!” or “Oh my goodness!” 

This choice has also carried over into our electronic communications. When texting became the norm, abbreviations were formed to hurry the typing process, which brought on the OMG overload.

Some say the letters OMG! stand for Oh my gosh!, but I believe they are skirting the truth.

Often referred to as acronyms, (though by definition they are initialisms)  only the first letter of each word is used to form an abbreviation so we can type messages faster. Many trendy typed conversations to your BFF (Best Friend Forever) might also include:

  • BRB – Be Right Back

  • BTW – By The Way

  • TTYL – Talk To You Later

  • LOL – Laugh Out Loud

  • GTG – Got To Go.

When we speak Oh my gosh! as a form of exasperation, it’s definitely not the same as speaking Oh my G**!  

Some believe gosh stands in for God in this phrase, so therefore they feel the first statement is equally wrong. But if you really want to communicate to our Lord, it’s good to know who we are addressing and how we should address Him—

Gosh is not our deity—God is our deity.

When addressing God, punctuation is everything! The phrase Oh (followed by a comma), my God!, addresses God and therefore calls out to Him. No matter our situation is praise to Him or a cry for help; we are calling out to the Creator of all things. Biblical history reveals from the beginning that G-O-D is revered and should never be a word used as an exasperation. 

We have to remember G-O-D is the title name used when referring to YHWH, the true name of God.

Israelites of old believed so strongly in recognizing the power of God that they would not even pronounce His name. When reading from the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible written by Moses, the reader would insert the word Adonai. Adonai means lord or ruler.

Because those that consider gosh as a “euphemistic alteration of the name God“, they believe it is just as bad and that is why they refuse to even exclaim gosh!.

I believe the opposite. Inserting the innocent exclamation of gosh! in place of G-O-D is a good thing. The title name of our holy Creator, God, should never be used in vain. God told us this in His third commandment:  

Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

So replacing the title name, God (which never should have been used incorrectly in the first place),  with the non-holy exasperation word gosh, should be looked upon as very acceptable.

When we replace G-O-D with gosh, we acknowledge His title name to be sacred.

We also take out the coma, so there is no address to gosh. Oh my gosh, I love you, God! The word God has history of being holy. The word gosh is not found in the Bible, has no holy meaning and does not relate to our LORD, the Creator of the universe in any way.

holy—adjective : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

Exalted, worthy, perfect. These adjectives do not describe the word gosh.

By definition, God versus gosh is very different.

God—noun : the Being perfect in power, wisdom and goodness, who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe

gosh—interjection : used to express surprise or mild anger

I would never pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to gosh my soul to keep.”  This statement has no meaning and would give me no comfort. Gosh is not a noun, but an interjection. An acceptable way to express surprise, be it good or bad.

“Oh my G**!” offers our omnipotent supreme deity no glory and the phrase needs to be recognized for what it is—verbal sin.

Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

I encourage you, if you have the bad habit of spewing Oh my G**! as an exasperation, please take the time to change this verbal sin to God. Your effort will definitely please or Lord.

Christian worship leader/recording artist, Matt Redman, wrote and sings the ASCAP Christian Song of 2013, 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord):

Your rich in love and Your slow to anger Your name is great and Your heart is kind…

Matt Redman’s lyrics describe just four of the 10,000 Reasons we need to worship His holy Name!



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20 thoughts on “Do you say “Oh my G**!” or “Oh my gosh!”?

    • Thank you for your comment, Valerie. I remember in high school we used to exclaim “Cool!” or “Oh man!” It was the 70s 😀! Now all I ever hear is Oh my G**! for everything. I tried to start a “Beets” phrase movement, but it didn’t catch on with my daughters high school friends 😂.

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  1. Some expressions I wonder about though. For instance “oh my goodness”. David calls God his goodness in one of the psalms. God is my goodness. Even “Oh dear”. Who is the most dear to us? God is. So what do we say? I have no idea. We ARE called to be holy. Which is not referring to morality but being different. I other words we are called to be set apart and different than the world. Everyone in this world says “Oh my gosh”. Why should we? Besides, I’ve found that those in the world don’t really see a difference between “gosh” and “g**” If you say “gosh” they’ll use “g**” interchangeably. I’d rather stay away from it and just say wow or something like that.

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    • Yes, you are right. If you believe a specific word has a connection to God, why use it in a profane manner? Bottom line —God knows our hearts. Only He knows if we are truly addressing Him or blatantly using His name in vain. I side with caution.

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  2. I don’t use Oh My G**, but I do use Oh my Gosh or Oh my goodness. On FB or texts, I don’t use OMG, I use OMGeez. I agree, finding appropriate exclamations that aren’t curse words is difficult. One of my old friends used to say, “Ham Sandwich!”. I tried it but it didn’t work for me, lol.

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  3. I so agree with all you’ve said. Plus I think the use of our Saviour’s name as a swear word is even worse, though I get that you’re particularly calling Christians to be aware of their language here! Television, films and social media have devalued the names of God and Jesus, yet other religions are vociferous in the defence of their prophets and deities. Words have power. We need to choose ours carefully and tell people about the one whose name they are misusing!

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    • All true. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I was not one to say Oh myG**. I’m sure it did come out some time in my 59 years of life, but not from habit. What I did have a habit of incorrectly doing was worshiping God’s name in church, when in fact I was upset about some situation and my heart was actually filled with negativity and anger, not love for God. That is also using His name in vain. Of course God knows our hearts so He knew my worship was false. I try to set my heart right now, before service and especially before communion.

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  4. Thanks for your like of my post, “Rapture Review – Who’s Going? – Who’s Left Behind?” You are very kind. Btw, I am sure that you can remember the commercial, “It’s not nice to fool mother nature.” (There is no mother nature). Well, God will say, it’s not nice to say OMG. God doesn’t approve of euphemisms that, in way, have any connection to His Holy Name.

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  5. I do not have a problem using “Geeze” or “Gosh” as an exclamation, because I do not pray to either of those words and do not consider them holy. They are purely interjections. It’s when we directly use God’s title, the name Jesus, or Jesus Christ in place of swear words because some believe those names are better than using ugly swear words. Not good. Not good.

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