So this post is a rant about something which has really become a serious issue for me to deal with in my daily life.  The incessant use of the OM* (i didn't use the last letter because of my reverence for God). Not only is this without a doubt the most flippant use of the American proper name for Adonai but I also find it incredibly annoying.  

So first, on the whole blasphemy issue, I would point the reader in the direction of the ten commandments.  Folks, it doesn't get any more basic than the ten commandments.  This is the starting place for God's law for both the Hebrew and the Christian.  In Exodus 20 and verse 7 we have the following: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." God's name is to be respected not tossed about in an instant message without restraint. 

Secondly, it just looks totally and completely ridiculous and has no right to be in any sentence.  Here are some perfectly normal substitutions: "Wow, amazing, what in the world, how can this be?, you are kidding, unbelievable, I can't believe this."  The bottom line is to be creative!

So, please, please stop using this terrible abbreviation in your texts, instant messages and posts!  And now people of course use it in an actual sentence while speaking audibly. Will it ever end?