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Hello!

When we are shocked or surprised, we can say "Jesus!" or "oh my God!"
Does "Jesus" have a stronger meaning than the other one? I heard people using "oh my God" a lot of times but it seems "Jesus" is used less often. Am I right?
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Yes,It surely has a stronger meaning.
Hi,
There are a lot of expressions like that. Some are more common than others, and how strong they sound depends on how "upsetting" the words you choose are. Here are some examples:

God!
Gosh!

Oh my God!
Oh my gosh!
Oh my Goodness!
Jesus!
Jesus Christ!
Boy!
Whoa!
Geez!
Holy cow!
Holy crap!
...and countless others.

It's up to you to decide. If you think you shouldn't mention the name of God in vain, or if you are talking to people who think so, then maybe you should avoid the ones with "Jesus", "Christ", and "God". In that case, you can use the common alternatives that started as euphemisms, like "gosh", "geez", etc.
The ones that also contain other common swear words (like "crap", etc.) or the all-purpose F-word used somewhere, are obviously going to sound stronger.

I think Jesus probably sounds stronger because it's less common than "Oh my God", which is ubiquitous.

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Kooyeen may be right about the ubiquitousness making "oh my God" more acceptable, but it definitely is, at least where I live (a smallish town in the American South). For example, in community theater plays, which we try to keep family-friendly, an "oh my God" in the script creates no fuss at all, but a "Jesus" is a big deal and a "Jesus Christ" bigger still, to the point that you risk audience members writing letters of complaint if it is heard from the stage. (Really!)
Delmobileto the point that you risk audience members writing letters of complaint if it is heard from the stage. (Really!)

Complaining about taking the name of God in vain?
Yes, I agree completely with Del.

If my kids say "Oh my God!" I give them a look that says "Choose another way to say that" but if they say "Jesus!" (and WAY worse: "Jesus Chirst!" -- which I have not hear from them yet) then I will SAY something, not just give them "that look."
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Grammar GeekIf my kids say "Oh my God!" I give them a look that says "Choose another way to say that" but if they say "Jesus!" (and WAY worse: "Jesus Chirst!" -- which I have not hear from them yet) then I will SAY something, not just give them "that look."

That's interesting, I awlays considered those three expressions as rather inncouous.
What do you think of "goddamit"? Would you give your kids a reproachful look for saying "goddamit" ?
Oh GG, that reminds me of a "funny thing my kid did" story. When DS19 was maybe just three, he spilled a cup of milk or juice or something out in the hall. I heard the "splat" and then his little treble voice remarking sadly, in an exact imitation (except of course an octave or so higher) of my own harried, exhausted two-in-diapers voice: "Oh, Jee-sus Cwist." Everyone has that moment when she realizes she's going to have to start really watching it around the kids, and that was mine Emotion: smile
MrPernicketyThat's interesting, I awlays considered those three expressions as rather inncouous.

What do you think of "goddamit"? Would you give your kids a reproachful look for saying "goddamit" ?

While "Damn" and "Dammit!" are not bad (though my kids still aren't allowed to say it), "God damn it!" and "goddmammit" are a lot more offensive.

Actually pulling in the name of the Big Guy makes it MUCH worse when connected with "Damn."

Del: A similar story ... someone did something (an adult) and said "Jesus!" to which my not-quite-2 year-old added "H. Christ!" -- a similar wake-up call on the language use!

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