I don’t know where it’s come from – 0r maybe I do and I’m in denial – but it needs to go no further. We do not need this in our lexicon. It isn’t smart, it isn’t clever and it isn’t funny.
And OH MY it’s not even descriptive.
Never has a phrase been so badly misused, so inappropriately applied! Well not since the esteemed PM David Cameron signed off his friendly text messages to the red-haired vixen Rebekah Brooks, ‘LOL’. And thought it meant – ‘lots of love’.
(No Mum it doesn’t. That’s why you should never use it to sign off a bereavement card.)
This week every single frickin communication I’ve had has been prefaced with these two words. Just look at this from the normally sensible folk at SEOMoz in their latest blog post, that sidled up to my inbox in the wee hours of the morning.
Pandas, penguins, and bigfoots, oh my. Roger suggests giving them cupcakes to make them happy. Red velvet, chocolate, carrot, vanilla, and more, you should grab one too.
Why? No one needs that kind of verbal abuse before coffee o’clock on a morning.
And here in the normally erudite London City Mum’s comment on this very blog..
Now, LCM is a friend of mine and I know from first hand account that she has an excellent vocabulary. What that woman doesn’t know! She can verbally out-spar a sailor or a City banker. She can take one of those ‘low-hanging-dicks’ and lasso him (verbally) with his own appendage! Granted many of her choicest phrases are in Anglo-Saxon, but I did expect more from her as she sets the standard high on her brilliantly well-written blog.
Look what she wrote in the comments on Bogan hit the Bigtime – (You’ll need to squint or click through!)
She wrote – “Oh my”.
As did the writers working on the esteemed journals of The Huffington Post (Fear, Gloom and Panic, Oh My!), The Age (Fifty Shades of Grey, Oh My! Again!), Stuff.co.nz (Oh My! Coping with foreign animals!) Salt Lake Tribune (Oh My! Tech).
Has everyone read that book?
#OhMy! is even trending on Twitter at the moment.
Has anyone actually asked what Oh My! means? Is it shorthand for Oh My God, used only when you’re too polite to take the Lord’s name in vain?
Given it’s mentioned in the Fifty Shades Trilogy on numerous sultry occasions where the action immediately before the breathy utterance ‘oh my’ is kinda like this:
“I start to stiffen as he thrusts on and on. My body quivers, bows; a sheen of sweat gathers over me. Oh my...”
Don’t think we’re being religiously respectful!
So where did it come from? Do you automatically assume that the person saying it has read Fifty Shades of Grey? Even if they are, in every other respect, upstanding, well-read intelligent people?
And what the frick does it stand for?
Oh My…..balls ache?
Oh My…..heavens to mergatrude? (One for the Nanas)
Oh My….bunions itch?
From now on whenever anyone around me says ‘Oh My’ I’m going to respond with a new thing each time..
Response: “Oh My! constipated bowels!”
You get the idea. Any suggestions from you as to what other choice phrases I can use? Suggestions below please.