Hi,
ok, I'm gonna be "controversial" today...
The question is simple: I've always wondered how common and widespread blasphemy is in the world. Are there people in your country that say blasphemous things as swearwords, as a way to swear, insult, or being rude? By "blasphemous" I mean any expression where sacred things or people mentioned or insulted.

I'm very interested in what actually happens in the whole world, every reply will be appreciated. So, how about your country?
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In the UK it is very common to use exclamations/swearwords such as 'Oh God!' and 'Jesus Christ!' if something goes wrong/annoys you etc, I'm not sure if that counts as blasphemy or not? There are lots of variations as well used by some people - 'Christ on a bike!' 'Jesus H Christ!' (I have no idea what the H stands for) and so on. If people swear then they are likely to use some of these expressions as well as the more anatomical ones. Not everyone swears at all however. Funnily enough my other half is a Christian and very anti-swearing (his eyes practically pop out if he hears words like sht and fk) but he is quite happy to say things like 'Oh my God'. Anyway, if this is the sort of use you mean, then yes, you will hear it a lot in the UK. People just say these things automatically in certain situations - very few people actually think about what they mean.

In the past there were many 'blasphemous' swearwords and expressions 'God's blood!' for example and other words were developed from these to take out the direct references to God, for example, blimey, bloody(possibly), and a lot of other ones that are now obsolete, such as Gadzooks (God's hooks).
Hi Nona,
no, I'm not exactly referring to "oh my God!" or "Christ!". Well, I'm also interested in that, actually, but those are just "mentioning sacred things" as interjections or as a way to swear. We say those things too.
But by blasphemy I mean "insulting sacred things" as an interjection or a way to swear. I almost don't believe it, but it seems that (some) Italians are the only ones in the world that use blasphemy, and (some) Italians from Veneto and Tuscany are the only ones in the world that use blasphemy as a common interjection, more or less like "you know" and "well".
So, a common blasphemy could be translated as "God is a dog" (literal translation: God dog), another common one could be "God is a pig". The Virgin Mary (Jesus' mother, important figure in catholicism, she's venerated) is the second more common sacred figure mentioned in blasphemy here.

I find it strange (well, not very strange) that we seem to be the only ones in the world who use expressions like those. I'd like to hear as many opinions as possible, from all over the world. Thank you. Emotion: smile
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You have really used a proper word for that kind of swearing .It is commom even among false muslims , they use the same swearwords which they use to abuse each others and they call it blasphemy as well . Those acts are mainly motivated by weekness in that individual and contadiction in his personality and attitude , because one must respect all whats wholly if he or she belive them to be so , if not then why should one swear at something which he does not believe in in the first place.
Thanks for your reply Ahmedali.
I didn't know it was common among muslims too. Anyway, you said "false" muslims, and you are right. Here, true "christians" would never say anything blasphemous. But I have to say that those who do say blasphemous swear words say them just because it's a bad habit, not because they actually want to insult sacred things and persons.

Other comments? What about other countries? Any reply will be highly appreciated Emotion: smile
No, I've never heard anyone say anything along the lines of 'God is a dog' or that sort of blasphemy in the UK - not as swearing.
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Kooyeen and (some) Italians from Veneto and Tuscany are the only ones in the world that use blasphemy as a common interjection, more or less like "you know" and "well".

Hey Kooyeen, I didn't know that also people from Veneto had this bad 'habit'! It's said that Tuscanians use blasphemy words as they were 'commas' and this is true! Anyway I would like to point out that they don't say them because they really want to say something against God, Jesus and the Virgin or because they hate them, it's just a very very bad habit! In fact even if I'm not too religious, I'm quite upset when I hear people saying blasphemy, and unfortunately they are many here in Tuscany

FrancescaIt's said that Tuscanians use blasphemy words as they were 'commas' and this is true! Anyway I would like to point out that they don't say them because they really want to say something against God, Jesus and the Virgin or because they hate them, it's just a very very bad habit!
Hi Cesca,
yes, as I wrote in my previous post, it's only a bad habit, not really something against religion, God or whatever. People from Veneto and people from Tuscany use those interjections in the same way (blasphemy is used like commas, you can hear lots of those swear words all in a single sentence).
I believe we are the only ones in the world to use blasphemy that way, but I suspected we were just the only ones to use blasphemy, so I decided to open a thread here where people post from every part of the world. And I'm still wondering... where else in the world is blasphemy (insulting sacred people or things) used as a way to swear?

I hope some other people notice this thread and feel like posting their opinion on this... Emotion: smile
Regretably more often than not it is a bad habit. It is repulsive to hear it so often in many Europen countries. I feel sure it happens elsewhere. An excellent opportunity to remind one to pray rather than condemn.
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