Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oh My Lord, Hallelujah!

Have you ever noticed that when you hang around people you know are really religious, you catch yourself taking the Lord's name in vain a lot?

I work with a woman whose husband is the assistant pastor at a big church here in town. Yesterday, she goes, "At least it's not raining!"
I go, "Hallelujuah!"

Argh! I had been reining myself in recently, because I noticed that when I talk to her, I say things like, "Oh my god!", "Good Lord!" and "Thank God!" I'm like a broken record. I'm now trying to switch over to "Good Golly!" and "Oh, geez." I had been doing so well.

I happened to be hanging out with a priest during Labor Day weekend, and even though the priest is totally cool, I really tried to rein in my loose language. I did really well, no noticeable slips. I know it's not a huge deal, but it's good to notice your language patterns, in any case, and try to mix them up when you hear yourself saying the same tired phrases over and over.

3 comments:

Always Home and Uncool said...

My Texas neighbors were fond of "Bless his/her/your heart." I prefer "frickity frick on a stick"!

Manager Mom said...

Um...did you ever read my religion post? The one where I got drunk and told the mean priest story in front of a bunch of priests? I feel yer pain.

Sarah Darer Littman said...

Is it just me being an ignorant Hebe here but what's the matter with saying "Hallelujah"?

Of course, you're talking to the person who sometimes will exclaim "JESUS!" in the car front of her Jewish relatives.