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Poll Question : Do you capitalise the word "god"?
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Shylass
Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:50:27 AM

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Do you use a capital letter on "god" within exclamations? I only do it if I am specifically referring to the Judeo-Christian deity, but not if I am using the phrase as an exclamation.

My reason for this is partly out of respect for my upbringing (if you knew my family, you'd understand), and partly because my characters are usually not of an organised faith. Therefore, it is incorrect for them to refer to a specific single god, and are only vaguely nodding in the direction of whatever lesser deity might be peeping at their activities. They are not referring to them directly.

Do any of you care one way or the other? Do you use one or both methods?



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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:27:30 AM

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I accept both in verifying. I understand that there are people who feel strongly on both sides. I only ask that the writer remain consistent through out the story.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:57:05 AM

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I tend to always capitalize, because it is in fact a name, regardless of whose it is. I also do, out of respect. That's just me.

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:21:19 AM

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AbigailThornton wrote:
"We're on a mission from God."

love the Blues Brothers!

And I use a 'G' mostly out of habit
Shylass
Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:23:17 AM

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Poppet wrote:
I tend to always capitalize, because it is in fact a name, regardless of whose it is. I also do, out of respect. That's just me.


It's only a name if one is using it as a name. If one is referring to a being generally (such as an undeified mermaid, fairy or satyr, for instance), it is not used with a capital. In my writing, it is general, and can be interchangeable with "Oh my word!" and similar. If I meant a specific mermaid or woodland god, for instance, and used it for invoking her/his singular attention and/or power, I would say, "Oh Mermaid!" Or possibly, "Oh, Mermaid!" Or, "Oh Pan!/Oh, Pan!"

I do not call on the name of the Judeo-Christian god in my writing, which is most often the reason people would capitalise the word. For me, it's an idiomatic expression, not one with the traditional religious meaning of the phrase's origins.

I find it interesting how we view the term differently.


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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:30:54 AM

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As an ex-/borderline Christian, I capitalize it both out of habit and out of the knowledge that the characters in my stories mostly come from a similar background and are, indeed, referring to "God" not "god". If I ever do a historical piece set in ancient Greece or Rome or something (I have a degree in Classical Studies that is woefully underutilized in my current life), I would likely do something different.


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I am naughty.

I don't capitalize the "g" for god - mind you in writing, I likely use it as: She muttered, "good god" or "oh god!"

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jesus christ who cares? or should that be Jesus Christ who cares?
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:17:09 PM

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SandyJ wrote:
jesus christ who cares? or should that be Jesus Christ who cares?


Jesus cares, that's who. angel7

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Shylass
Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:32:55 PM

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SandyJ wrote:
jesus christ who cares? or should that be Jesus Christ who cares?


If you are making a statement that Jesus Christ cares, then it should lack the question mark, and ought to be expanded to prevent a sloppy partial sentence. If you are asking as a rhetorical exclamation, it would be better served with an exclamation mark (or point, as some prefer to call it) directly after the question mark.

However, if you are merely expressing lackadaisical half-arsed disdain at my curiousity, then really, you ought to have a comma after "Jesus christ/Jesus Christ". sunny

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Poppet
Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:04:47 PM

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Shylass wrote:
It's only a name if one is using it as a name. If one is referring to a being generally (such as an undeified mermaid, fairy or satyr, for instance), it is not used with a capital. In my writing, it is general, and can be interchangeable with "Oh my word!" and similar. If I meant a specific mermaid or woodland god, for instance, and used it for invoking her/his singular attention and/or power, I would say, "Oh Mermaid!" Or possibly, "Oh, Mermaid!" Or, "Oh Pan!/Oh, Pan!"

I do not call on the name of the Judeo-Christian god in my writing, which is most often the reason people would capitalise the word. For me, it's an idiomatic expression, not one with the traditional religious meaning of the phrase's origins.

I find it interesting how we view the term differently.


Yes, me too. I can understand where you're coming from, also getting why some might not and why some might. I personally see it as God, as in a name. Because, he is in fact God. I'm not Christian or Catholic or anything, but deep down I do it for respect. Or, simply, I'm strange. Who knows?

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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:27:13 PM

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:19:59 AM

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I'm with Poppet on the upper case "G" for the same reasons: it's a name, and it's respectful.

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RejectReality
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:50:37 PM

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I don't, because experimenting with both has proven to me that dropping the caps results in less blowback from two types of readers:

Militant non-believers who are offended by capitalizing the name and thus bestowing 'legitimacy'

Believers who consider using the name blasphemy, and seem to be a great deal more offended by blasphemy when you use the capitalized version.

On the flipside, since I've made this decision years ago, the only person who regularly says anything about the caps is my editor. I can't think of a single instance where a reader has commented on the lower-case G, while I had a half dozen or so complaints about it when capped from those two camps.

For the same reason, I've all but dropped "Jesus" from my characters' exclamations of passion, and I avoid having 'god' appear at the beginning of a sentence if at all possible to avoid the necessity to capitalize it in that instance.

Sometimes, my characters demand the first word of sentence position, and I don't argue with them when they do. Compared to having it capped elsewhere, I've seen no commentary about it capped at the beginning of a sentence.

naughtyannie
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 10:48:28 PM

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I would use "God", even as an exclamation, because whatever deity is being invoked, "God" is his/her name or title. Because of my Christian background, I use it quite a lot, as well as "Jesus Christ", which of course should always be capitalised. I've certainly never had any comments about this from readers on Lush, who presumably have other things on their minds when reading my stuff.

Are there any writers of other faiths on Lush who might have a different convention or preference? That would be interesting to know.

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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 11:03:23 PM

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Jesus Christ, it's "Oh God."
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Shylass
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 1:39:30 AM

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naughtyannie wrote:
I would use "God", even as an exclamation, because whatever deity is being invoked, "God" is his/her name or title. Because of my Christian background, I use it quite a lot, as well as "Jesus Christ", which of course should always be capitalised. I've certainly never had any comments about this from readers on Lush, who presumably have other things on their minds when reading my stuff.

Are there any writers of other faiths on Lush who might have a different convention or preference? That would be interesting to know.


My father was in Christian ministry, as was I for many years. When I use the word these days, it is not a name because I don't include His persona in my stories, despite what others are saying in their own use. I use the generic term. I never use any form of "Jesus Christ". That most definitely is a name.

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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 7:02:46 AM

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Well, I was raised in a Pentecostal home, and, when referencing Him, I'll cap it. But I don't whine over big G/little g at all. I'm partially with RejectedReality on this one. The fanatics are more likely to complain at the capping than no non, but ...

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I grew up with God, but god is acceptable as well. I never take offense, unless offense is intended. Then again, isn't it spelled dog - not doG?

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I use both ways in my stories, depending what I am trying to say.

For example:

"I thank God that you were here last night." Here I would use a capital letter on God, since I am referring to an actual "God".

But if I was using it as a way to express myself:

"Oh god, please fuck me harder." Then I would not use a capital since I am not using as a name, but as a way to express what I want.

In my personal opinion, using caps in the second example, is disrespectful. Just my thoughts though.
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:12:00 PM

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I do both, but it's not because of any religious thing, it is actually just because I'm quite lazy. I'll be honest, sometimes, I just can't be arsed to capitalise God. Sorry, God (that's not me blaspheming, I really am sorry).
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Saga wrote:
I use both ways in my stories, depending what I am trying to say.

For example:

"I thank God that you were here last night." Here I would use a capital letter on God, since I am referring to an actual "God".

But if I was using it as a way to express myself:

"Oh god, please fuck me harder." Then I would not use a capital since I am not using as a name, but as a way to express what I want.

In my personal opinion, using caps in the second example, is disrespectful. Just my thoughts though.


This makes perfect sense to me, apart from why it would be disrespectful to say "Oh God, please fuck me harder."
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:27:46 AM

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I use both... I never really think about it, sometimes I do it properly sometimes I don't.
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I always capitalize it.
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Wilful wrote:
I'm with Poppet on the upper case "G" for the same reasons: it's a name, and it's respectful.

Respectful to whom or what?
Wilful
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Tellerman wrote:

Respectful to whom or what?


To God him or herself. But more importantly, to those who believe in God.

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Wilful wrote:


To God him or herself. But more importantly, to those who believe in God.


As I said earlier, I've found the opposite to hold true. The people who read erotica and have an opinion one way or the other seem to lean the other direction. Capital G equaled complaints about blasphemy, ( ranging from mild to acidic ) while lower case hasn't generated any mention at all.

I was only using the capital for a few months and had at least a half dozen comments about blasphemy coupled with a few commenting about legitimizing an imaginary man in the sky. It's been years using the lower case, and nothing but crickets chirping.

To me, it's a case of no news is good news.

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