“Oh My God.”
It is a phrase that originally went hand and hand with things like alien spaceship landings, flying superheroes and huge catastrophic flipping ocean liners. But lately, it seems to be a phrase that just about any writer loves to use to apply what I like to call “the amazing” to things that are sort of, kind of, pretty much not amazing at all.
From overflowing sinks to someone seeing their name on the big jumbotron in New York City’s time square, it is a sound byte that is supposed to make us not change the channel because we think something amazing is coming up.
Sad thing is…the “Oh My Godder” isn’t much of any amazing…anymore.
The “Oh My Godder” has always been at the forefront of narrative excitement and wonder. From the film 2001 there was the classic “Oh My God…it’s full of stars,”. From FOX’s classic over-user of the “Oh My God” 24 you could always expect a good “Oh, my God, what did you do? What have you done? [shouts] What have you done!?”
But somewhere along the way, the “Oh My Godder” got taken advantage of.
A simple search on IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) reveals startling results. The phrase “Oh My God” is now as pedestrian as “Oh, hey” and “Did you want fries with that?”
Which only makes me think it’s time to retire the Oh My Godder.
Why not send the amazing phrase to the Cooperstown of classic one-liners in entertainment media? Why not challenge the writers out there to come up with something more original and more entertaining? Why not treat the Oh My Godder with the respect it deserves and retire it like a Hall of Famer, putting it out to pasture in the most respectful of ways?
Oh my God. Why can’t we all just give Oh My God a chance?
Because now, Oh My God has lost its luster. When a show is about to go to commercial and I hear the words “Oh My God” (especially with unscripted reality shows who use the phrase ad nauseam) I am no longer on the edge of my seat wondering what could possibly be coming up after the break. I am no longer freaking out because something amazing must have happened for why else would somebody have uttered the phrase? I am jaded, Mr. Oh My Godder. You do not excite me like you did the first time my ears heard you.
Yeah, yeah Mr. Writer — criticize all you want but what are your solutions? If you’re going to attack the Abraham Lincoln of movie amazement utterings (much like Lincoln freed the slaves, the Oh My Godder freed our imaginations), give us some better alternatives.
Ask and ye shall receive:
- “Well sick a dog on me!”
- “Hahaha, noooooooooooooo!”
- “Now there’s something I couldn’t have possibly have expected was going to happen!”
- “Tsk, tsk — now you’re gonna have to really change your underwear!”
- “See my face? Look at it! No. MY face. Yeah! You see it? You know what that means? I’m telling you…you have to see the look on my face!!!”
Enough said, right?