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    god·for·sak·en also God·for·sak·en adj.
    1. Located in a dismal or remote area.
    2. Desolate; forlorn.
    Hi!

    The word of "godforsaken" reminds me of the phrase "For God's sake", I am wondering whether there's any link between them. If I use it, will it makes believers feel it is blasphemous?

    As far as I learned, some people replace 'oh, my God' with 'Gosh', etc. in attempt not to abuse the word 'God'.

    Thanks!

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    Re: godforsaken

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    The word of "godforsaken" reminds me of the phrase "For God's sake", I am wondering whether there's any link between them. If I use it, will it makes believers feel it is blasphemous?

    As far as I learned, some people replace 'oh, my God' with 'Gosh', etc. in attempt not to abuse the word 'God'.

    Thanks!
    No, there's no relation.
    Godforsaken implies "forsaken even by God" - that's how forsaken it is.
    It shouldn't be offensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, there's no relation.
    Godforsaken implies "forsaken even by God" - that's how forsaken it is.
    It shouldn't be offensive.
    Thank you, Raymott. I see.

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    Re: godforsaken

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    The word of "godforsaken" reminds me of the phrase "For God's sake", I am wondering whether there's any link between them. If I use it, will it makes believers feel it is blasphemous?

    As far as I learned, some people replace 'oh, my God' with 'Gosh', etc. in attempt not to abuse the word 'God'.

    Thanks!
    I agree with Raymott about the lack of a link, but a few sensitive people (at least in the UK) might worry about blasphemy, partly because of the first commandment ('...Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain...'), and partly because of the (alleged) cry on the cross* - Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabbachtani usually translated as 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

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    *Perhaps this needs a bit of explanation for people not knowledgeable about the Christian story: Christ was said to be killed on a cross. I suppose students looking up 'on the cross' might think I was talking about dress-making!
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    Re: godforsaken

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi thedaffodils,

    There is a very interesting synonym of the adjective “godforsaken” namely “wretched” = “terrible”, “very bad” as in:

    the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages” (George Orwell)
    a wretched life

    Naturally, there are also many other synonyms as: abandoned, bleak, forlorn, gloomy, isolated, lonely, miserable, neglected, remote.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree with Raymott about the lack of a link, but a few sensitive people (at least in the UK) might worry about blasphemy, partly because of the first commandment ('...Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain...'), and partly because of the (alleged) cry on the cross* - Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabbachtani usually translated as 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
    Hi BobK,

    Thank you very much for your comment. You solved a question haunting in my mind-- why some people try to avoid to use the word-God.

    I just searched and found the Ten Commandments via Google.

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    Hi Vil,

    Thank you for your input.

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    Re: godforsaken

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi BobK,

    Thank you very much for your comment. You solved a question haunting in my mind-- why some people try to avoid to use the word-God.

    I just searched and found the Ten Commandments via Google.
    Good

    Incidentally, I've found an explanation of the 'on the cross' throwaway line (in the PS to post no. 4): Metric Pattern Cutting - Google Book Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Good

    Incidentally, I've found an explanation of the 'on the cross' throwaway line (in the PS to post no. 4): Metric Pattern Cutting - Google Book Search
    Thank you for the info, Bob.

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