7 – OMG

Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influence our language today.

OMG – “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me” (Psalm 25:2; also, see Psalm 22:2; 42:6; 94:1; 108:1).

While there are several acronyms using the letters OMG, the most common and most troubling is the flippant “O my God” or “Omigod.” The expression is popular in SMS language, instant messaging and other internet communications.

The phrase has become the title of a number of movies in South Korea, China, India, Britain and American. It has also been heavily used in the music industry, with one American indie rock band claiming it for their name, it is also the basis of two album covers and at least 16 songs titles; a video game and the name of an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray discovered in 1991 (Its observation was a shock to astrophysicists [hence the name], who estimated its energy to be approximately 3×1020 eV or 3×108 TeV ).

However, after having said all that, when we use God’s name with irreverence or disrespect we break His third commandment of using God’s name “in vain” (Exodus 20:7). This would also apply to minced oaths such as “geez,” “gosh” and other forms of “Christian cursing.”

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:9-10).

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