sacré bleu

January 23, 2010

in random

I rushed to the Religious Ed with Mr. Monk as I always do on most Saturday mornings. I then walked to the 6th grade classroom to inform the Catechist that my oldest would not be there that day. We got to talking about his son.

“…He has a Ph.D. in [something akin to Rocket Science]…”

“Oh my god.” I was genuinely happy for him as I sensed the pride in his voice.

“… and he was the valedictorian in this school, and also at his high school…”

“Oh my god.” I liked how he was able to talk about his son’s accomplishments without appearing to be bragging.

“… He still tutors kids for SATs and all those exams. He’s very good… He’s at [Top Notch University] now but he comes home frequently so if you ever need help…”

“Oh my god. He teaches at [Top Notch University] too?!”

After the 3rd “Oh my god” I finally caught myself: Breaking the third (?) Commandment right here inside a Catholic school in front of a Catechist. Three times.

“Eh.” I pressed my hands together palm-to-palm like in a Buddhist prayer (just something I do unconsciously when I am feeling grateful or apologetic), “I am sorry for ‘using the Lord’s name in vain’…”

While chastising myself silently for using the “quotation marks” in a way that could be easily misinterpreted as being sarcastic, I hightailed out of there before I could say “Sweet Baby Jesus!”

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Jane January 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

LOL. And even though I’ve never seen you before I can totally picture you doing it all – the OMG’s, the quotation marks and the high tailing it outta there! Too funny!
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secret agent woman January 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I’m guessing the proud Dad appreciated every one of the “Oh my God’s.”
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Elly Lou January 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I used to have a friend that fussed at me for saying “oh my god.” In frustration one day I screamed, “Jesus Fucking Christ I’m doing the best I can!” She was fine with “oh my god” after that.


Shelli January 26, 2010 at 12:21 am

That’s exactly what I did to my Husband! LMFAO!!
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magda January 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

of course you did and of course she was
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KeepingYouAwake January 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I bet they didn’t notice, really. It’s just like exclaiming “Well fuck a duck” every time something truly amazing, or even slightly notable happens. Very normal conversation…
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alejna January 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm


Also, I really loved Elly Lou and KeepingYouAwake’s comments. They made me snort. I’m still smiling.
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Shelli January 26, 2010 at 12:22 am

I’m terrified to set foot in a church of any type … for fear the whole place and surrounding town would burst into flames. ;-)
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Diane January 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

I used to be assistant director of religious education at my parish. My boss, the director of RE, used to say, “Oh my god” all the time. One of the more staid parishioners told he she should stop and she said, “What the hell!”


Mrsblogalot January 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

LOL!! My God…what phrase could possibly take it’s place?
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Unknown Mami January 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What’s funny is that I didn’t even catch on until you told me.


Ry Sal January 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

we were always taught to say ” oh my goodness ” vs. oh my gawd. it was akin to swearing. now I feel bad even when I type it.
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Falling January 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hey, if lightning didn’t strike you down, you’re probably OK.

Also, if the guy works with 6th graders, I’m doubting this was is first (second, and third) OMGs.
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magda January 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Did you really offer the OMG’s out loud? or did you just think them and work them into another terrific story.

FT had to look it up and share for any other FT readers you might have snagged.

Sacré bleu Definition | Definition of Sacré bleu at
Main Entry: sacré bleu1. Part of Speech: interj. Definition: an exclamation of complete surprise. Etymology: alter. of sacré Dieu ‘holy God’ …


Sacrebleu – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sacrebleu is an old French profanity, meant as a cry of surprise or anger. I
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Miss B January 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

My general expletive-y phrase of choice for the past year or so has been (and don’t even ask me where or how I started this, because I have no idea) “Jesus fuck!”

I have never said that to anyone in a church-related building, though. So, points for me!

(What I was really getting at, though, was — you could’ve done So Much Worse!)
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Jen @ NathanRising February 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

LOL!!!! That is TOTALLY something I would do! Except… I did one kinda worse. I said “shit” in church once. Not even out of anger of anything, just normal conversation.

In my defense, I was a teenager….



Absence Alternatives February 6, 2010 at 1:02 am

Well, in that case, they should have been happy that you even dragged yourself to church! I say Good for you!


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