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    #11

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    Not a teacher, just curious
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    Could it be that some people find it offensive because for (too) many people once religious "OMG" has become just a form of euphemism for certain curse words used in the same manner?
    I don't think so. People who take offense are objecting to having their god's name taken in vain in their presence.
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    #12

    Re: an ominous thing to say

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    I don't think your colleague had got the point of the particular commandment, then!
    I worked with a religious young man who didn't like us to say "hell" in front of him. He didn't answer when a less-tactful co-worker pointed out that God's name wasn't "hell".
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    #13

    Re: an ominous thing to say

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    I worked with a religious young man who didn't like us to say "hell" in front of him. He didn't answer when a less-tactful co-worker pointed out that God's name wasn't "hell".
    Right. But then God's name isn't really 'God', either, it's Yahweh. At least, it was to the ancient writers of Exodus.

    Much of the attitude about blasphemy seems to me to be nothing more than people simply spouting what they have been told by their parents/elders to be wrong. There doesn't seem to be much thought as to what blasphemy, or the third commandment, really means.

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    #14

    Re: an ominous thing to say

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    Would your "little cousin" understand "ominous" ?
    He would or would not understand. You know, kids nowadays are very premature. I notice that little girls around me, like my students, are more mature than their peers in the US.

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    #15

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Hi JK,

    I agree with you. I notice that you're in China, no wonder you've met kids like my cousins. I've been teaching kids English for a few years. A few years ago, a fifth grader said "F**k" and that really took me aback. I then learned that he picked up the word in some English movies. Yes, electronic devices have become a large part of kids' life here. I've been thousand times that young children play cell phone or some other devices here. It's effortless for them to learn words and phrases like that.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jun-2019 at 07:55. Reason: inserting asterisks

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    #16

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Speaking of "OMG". I think it's so common that everyone uses it and therefore it's no longer religilon-related.

    There are two expressions in my teaching material: "Oh, my Gosh" and "F**k off". I want my students to know what they mean and they don't necessarily need to use them. Sometimes it's okay to pick up a word without using it because there are many "traps" if you use it. "F**k off" is okay for people who follow you for 2 minutes, asking you to attend the demonstration class of their language school, or someone you meet on the street, holding you arms saying "Hey, just take a look at our beauty salon". Right here, so true and so common to be seen. But never okay to elderly people, new friends, parents, etc. "Oh my Gosh" for me, an euphemistic way to say "Oh my God".

    When I was at college, my spoken English teacher, who's a native speaker said "Oh, shoot", "dammit", "Oh darn" are good ways to replace "shit", "f**k", "damn it".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jun-2019 at 07:56. Reason: as before

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    #17

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    Dear native speakers.

    I have two last questions about the OP:

    a) That's an ominous thing to say.

    I think this sentence is natural, am I right? b) If so, what kind of things I say is "ominous thing to say"?

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    #18

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Dear native speakers.

    I have two last questions about the OP:

    a) That's an ominous thing to say.

    I think this sentence is natural, am I right? b) If so, what kind of things I say is "ominous thing to say"?
    A native speaker would be unlikely to say it.
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    #19

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    It's not natural.

    I'd say 'offensive' or 'objectionable' rather than 'ominous'.

    Click here to see 'ominous' used by native speakers in many contexts.

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    You know, kids nowadays are very premature precocious.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jun-2019 at 08:23.

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    #20

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    ominous is not the right word at all. There appears to be no connection to omens in any way.

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