There are many expressions that have origins in christianity.
Three common expressions are “for pete’s sake” and “crying out loud” and “geez or gee”
G is J
pete is peter the “saint”
“crying out loud” is supposed to be a euphamism of “for J’s sake”
what about “knock on wood”
I’ve heard that this expression is a refence to the wood that ‘j’ was supposedly nailed up on. So – definitely not to be said. -Moderator
“Live and let live” – another goyish expression to avoid.
Let he without sin cast the first stone
Knock on wood should be avoided for a different reason. It predates Jesus and comes from Teutonic paganism where touching trees in the sacred groves (similar to asheros of the Tanach) was considered a “segula” of sorts.
Edit: I have this from a neopagan, so consider the source.
Tums: What’s wrong with that expression? It actually helps reshape our bain adam l’chaveiro attitude.
i dont either see what’s wrong with it. in fact, i think more people should be taking the advice to heart…
Lehavdil elef havdalos there are things to avoid at the other end of the spectrum like ‘oh my g-d’ or ‘oh my g.osh’