Monday, March 12, 2007


Thou Shall Not Take The Lords Name In Vain
Can prove to be quite a pain
When talking or writing a blog all the same
We tiptoe around His Holy Name..

So instead of spelling out G-O-D
We acronymize with an OMG
Or other sorts of tricks from our trickster stash
Like replacing the o with a simple dash-

He who is orally inclined we did not forget you
All hope is not lost..deify your lexicon too
My goodness...gracious..Bashefer..yo see
Those are all listen to me..

The most popular G-dly exclamation I find
Is ironic gets.. it boggles the mind
Its proclaimed happily by the unassuming Jew
Have you guessed?..Its My Gosh ..I’m sure you did too

After all its the Jewish way of naming His Name
Without naming or shaming our tradition, How tame
My Gosh like Bashefer that
That’s what you hold on to your hat

Did you know..? Would you suspect?...I suspect not
For how should you know..? Why would you think..crazy thought?
That this Gosh you’ve been saying..and here’s the sum of my post
Really stands for
Holy ghost



Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Omg all this time I said gosh amongst other things, forgive me please............

March 12, 2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger chav said...

actually, i don't think it is officially defined as meaning that. it's just become a euphamism for G-d's Name through its colloquial usage, and is a "minced oath" for the word it's used to substitute: G-d.

I searched and couldn't come up with the acronym you described.

Good poem, though - Excellent timbre.

March 12, 2007 11:49 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

i second chav.

awesome rhyme.
as usual.

March 13, 2007 12:09 AM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Great rhyme scheme.

I never heard that interpretation, though I generally don't say it anyway, in any form. (It was hard work to break the habit, but I'm happier for it) IMHO, it's like heck, among others-- everyone knows what you mean; if that's not what you want to say then find the word that you do mean or just don't say anything.

(though as one of my friends likes to say, "Heck is where you get darned to for not believing in Gosh.")

March 13, 2007 12:21 AM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Great post and clever observation.
I guess it's better to leave the S and H out of the equation.

March 13, 2007 5:01 AM  
Blogger Chaya said...

Gosh....I never knew that...

March 13, 2007 10:12 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

jesus...How could u??

I once heard it from a reliable source...and it makes sense..
Thanks..Its not my usual style...almost



yah..I would think so..

oops..I shouldnt say that

March 13, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - that reply to swfm wasn't funny.

though the one to chaya was.

March 13, 2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger Chaya said...

WOW!! Whatya know????
Love the poem, and generally the way you write.
I hope you don't mind, I shared "Distant" with many people, we were going throught a hard time in our family and it was perfect. Thank you.

March 13, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

1 out of 2 aint too bad...

wow thanks..
By all means..

March 13, 2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

very interesting lol

March 13, 2007 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved it then, love it now. Thanks for reposting.

March 14, 2007 9:15 AM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

reliable source????? Not good enough. If you have some reference to back this up, let's hear it!

Btw, don't substitute heck for hell either, after all the CK in heck stands for Christ King ( I heard that from a reliable source too!)

My gosh!

March 14, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...



Hey..This isnt a thesis for my doctorate here..its an entertaining poem.
The person I heard it from is someone that knows his stuff...and I will try to find a source for you..if you'd like..

March 14, 2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

Yes, I would very much like to know a [reliable] source for this. Thanks.

March 14, 2007 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And i thought it's a way to avoid saying hashem's name in vain.

we need to change this to Oh my grabage.... :-)

March 14, 2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Bonnie B said...

I'd never really thought of it like that-- I just thought it was a clever little way to get around taking his name in vain (since it sounds similar). Parents do these little tricks all the time-- Oh fudge! Shoot! Shucks! Darnnit!Oh pickles! Oh my goodness!

Interesting theroy though-- I'll have to look it up in the OED

March 14, 2007 5:35 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

come on David, waiting for a new post! stop copying and pasting!

March 14, 2007 7:12 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

nuch a chossid...
doesnt quite have that

whats OED?

I told u I'm going to be moving posts over...
nothing wrong with reading things twice..

March 14, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - you can keep on posting your old ones.
'speacially since I never read them and am finding them quite interesting.........

March 15, 2007 2:00 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

will do just that

March 15, 2007 10:32 AM  
Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

I actually did know my house we say "oh, George!".(Don't read into that please. It means nothing.)

March 15, 2007 2:50 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

There u go!

March 16, 2007 1:48 PM  

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