Mini Rant: I’m So Tired of This Phrase

I’m starting to think that it’s mandatory among YA fantasy authors use the phrase “Oh my gods” (or “Oh gods”) in lieu of “Oh my God” and “Oh God.” This is understandable, seeing as many fantasies highlight worlds inhabited by characters that believe in more than one almighty being.


There has to be other ways of conveying this sense of awe. There has to be other variants of this phrase, simply for the sake of diversity.

I’ve seen “Oh my skies” and “Oh my stars.” I’ve also run across “Oh hells,” but that’s about all I’ve seen. Because I’m EXHAUSTED by these over-used phrases, I’ve come up with a list of alternatives, just to ease my (oddly) troubled and frustrated mind.

Oh my…

  • Oh my cosmos
  • Oh my nebula(s)
  • Oh my heavens
  • Oh my nights
  • Oh my days
  • Oh my lord(s)
  • Oh my galaxies
  • Oh my luna
  • Oh my suns
  • Oh my moons
  • Oh my spirits
  • Oh my souls
  • Oh my angels
  • Oh my nova


  • Oh (insert name of god or goddess)
  • Oh Methuselah
  • Oh Great Above
  • Oh hell(s)/Hell(s)
  • Oh (sweet) forces
  • Oh divinities
  • Oh daemon(s)
  • Oh celestials

And in honor of Owen Wilson,

  • Oh wow

All right, I’m done. Sorry for this random rant y’all. I don’t know what came over me 🤣 I just really needed to get this off my chest.

If there are anymore variants you can think of, please let me know. I’d love to see what other sayings you can come up with!

4 thoughts on “Mini Rant: I’m So Tired of This Phrase

  1. Ahhhh I know EXACTLY what you are saying!!!!! This irks me as well, and I don’t actually know why, maybe it’s just because the author is trying to be “different” when really they aren’t? I love this post 🙂


  2. hahahaha this was really funny! I actually don’t mind reading it (actually, barely notice it) but I appreciate it more if we do get a background on worldbuilding, gods included, and all that. If not, it does get annoying sometimes. XD Reading your alternatives would have been better 😛

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