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    (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    Hello teachers,

    This is a point of question to me whether there is a difference between (Oh my God!) and (Oh Jesus!) or not.

    Are both used in the US and UK? Which one is much more common?

    For example:
    Suppose that I suddenly see a dead body in somewhere and I use the term. Is there any difference between them?
    Or suppose that you buy me an expensive gift and when I see the gift I get surprised and use one of the terms.

    In brief, I know little about these two terms.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    In the UK, the term "Oh my God!" is used extensively, and is often abbreviated, particularly by the younger generation, to "OMG" in all forms of their e-communication. It is used to express a very wide range of emotions: from extreme pleasure/shock/disgust/fear, all the way to mild surprise or anticipation. The user will not, generally, have any consciousness that he/she is appealing to, or referring to, a deity.

    The expression "Oh Jesus!" is not nearly so commonly used in the UK - perhaps because the religious aspect is more specific and apparent. When it is used, it is most likely to express extreme shock, disgust, fear or sorrow. The expression "Jesus Christ!" is more common in these extreme situations.

    As an aside, my father (a staunch Scottish Presbyterian) swore rarely and never blasphemed - apart from the very few occasions when extreme frustration caused him to utter "Christ on a bicycle!" I have never come across this expression elsewhere....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    I am not a teacher
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    Jesus interjection not polite used to express anger, surprise, or shock : Jesus! That was close!
    Be careful about using Jesus in this way, because Christians find it offensive.

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    Holy Jesus :exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc.







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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    Quote Originally Posted by userdownload2012 View Post
    I am not a teacher
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    Jesus interjection not polite used to express anger, surprise, or shock : Jesus! That was close!
    Be careful about using Jesus in this way, because Christians find it offensive.

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    Holy Jesus :exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc.


    That's interesting. I don't find it offensive at all. These terms are a basic part of normal (though informal) speech.
    Christ! That was a good movie.
    Jesus! Can't you move any faster?
    Oh My God! Are you going to do that again?
    Jesus Christ Almighty! When will you learn not to do that?

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    Thanks everybody.

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    I don't find any of them offensive but I'm an atheist so I suppose I wouldn't. I know some Christians who are incredibly upset at the use of those terms and I know others who realise they are just a part of everyday speech and are fine with them.

    I first heard "Christ on a bike" from a work colleague over 15 years ago. I have no idea where it came from but I loved it. It conjures up a great mental image!

    "Oh my god" is certainly the most common in BrE but the others are by no means uncommon.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    Quote Originally Posted by userdownload2012 View Post
    I am not a teacher
    reference :
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    Jesus interjection not polite used to express anger, surprise, or shock : Jesus! That was close!
    Be careful about using Jesus in this way, because Christians find it offensive.

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    Holy Jesus :exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc.






    I agree. Where I grew up, kids couldn't say "Jesus Christ!" because it was considered a swear word, even to non-religious families like my own. I have always said "oh my God" for all kinds of situations, and my Christian piano teacher would get very upset when I said that. She told me to say "oh my gosh" if I had to say something. ('oh my gosh' is a common alternative)

    And then there's the favorite of my tenth grade science teacher: Lord love a duck! (meant to show her anger/frustration, she used it pretty much everyday)

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    That's interesting. I don't find it offensive at all. These terms are a basic part of normal (though informal) speech.
    Christ! That was a good movie.
    Jesus! Can't you move any faster?
    Oh My God! Are you going to do that again?
    Jesus Christ Almighty! When will you learn not to do that?
    It is offensive to many. It is a direct violation of one of the ten commandments.

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    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    It's blasphemy to Christians. Naturally, not all Christians are familiar with what they purport to believe in.
    I'd strongly suggest that learners do not regard these exclamations as basic terms in ordinary speech.

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    #10

    Re: (Oh my God!) Vs. (Oh Jesus!)

    I agree with Raymott.

    It's never a good idea to insult people's Supreme Beings or chief prophets.

    In at least one religion it could result in a death sentence being passed on you.

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