I remember as a kid there used to be crazes.
There was a hula-hooping craze when the damned things were everywhere. There was a yoyo craze when everyone had one in their pockets and there would be competitions to see who was most skillful. There was a craze for mebs [marbles] which were played along the gutters at the side of the road. The list of crazes waxed and waned and there always seemed to be a new one on the horizon.
That doesn’t seem to happen now. Kids are too busy with their mobile phones.
There is a new phenomenon though and that’s the strange fashion for words or phrases.
Not so long ago, we had “awesome”. Every fucking thing was awesome and we even had such basterdised words such as “awsomest”, presumably meaning “most awesome”. The word lost its meaning in the end as the most trivial of events or things was awesome. I hated the fucking word.
Thankfully things are no longer awesome. But we have a new strange contender.
“Oh My God”.
This is the exclamation of choice to express any surprise or delight. The severity of surprise is indicated by the pause between words – Oh… My… God. I wonder if the proponent actually ever stops to think what they are saying? Is this the start of a prayer? Is it some kind of invocation to their deity of choice? Are atheists slipping up a bit and returning to religion?
Herself enjoys those programmes where houses are done up or people are shown around properties. Of course each programme is full of “Oh My God”s as people are shown around their revamped house or are shown a new one. God must be sick of looking at houses?
Another strange expression that is not quite so popular but is frequently used in conjunction with the above –
“Oh My God! That has blown my mind”.
What the fuck does that even mean?