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How do you spell God?

Asked by scamp (13124points) March 10th, 2008

I’ve seen some here spell it out, and some spell it G-d. I was wondering why you leave the ‘o’ out???

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syz's avatar

I believe the G-d spelling that you are referring to is a short-hand reference to a (to some) socially unacceptable curse word.

squirbel's avatar

No, it is out of respect for G-d’s name.

scamp's avatar

Ah, I see. thanks squirbel!

TheHaight's avatar

I’ve seen people spell our vulgar words like that (fu-k) but not God. What do you mean out of respect for his name?

squirbel's avatar

It is a Jewish tradition to avoid writing his name in full; it is not prohibited, though. The reason is to avoid casually writing it on any medium that may be destroyed.

Muslims have similar casual traditions – they write (pbuh) which means “Peace be unto him”; and Christians capitalize Him/His.

Eight's avatar

G_d (underscore, not dash) is infinite and ultimately unknowable particularly through out finite eight senses,hence the multiple “names” which are each attempts to identify an attribute. In addition to squirbel’s very correct response, I believe the incompleteness of the spelling is a reflection of our incompleteness of understanding.

TheHaight's avatar

oh.. Got it. I’m catholic, so in my religion the G is capitalized and he/she is He or She. Him/Her etc..

scamp's avatar

Thanks Eight . I just saw it in another post here, and didn’t know i typed it wrong. I like your answer.

paulc's avatar

m-a-t-h-e-m-a-t-i-c-s

scamp's avatar

m-a-t-h-e-m-a-t-i-c-s

What do you mean by that? I don’t understand.

TheHaight's avatar

I don’t as well

ccatron's avatar

Seems to me that using G_d or G-d would cause more confusion that honor since not all people are educated about the traditions of different religions. Fluther is the first time I’ve ever seen people do this. I always thought that people were just afraid to say His name or a filter was blocking the word.

Now, being a Christian, I understand the use of His/Him and that could in turn be confusing to someone who wasn’t familiar with Christianity. But if someone were to take it in context, they could easily figure that out. If the conversation is about God, then I would expect “God” to be somewhere in the document/conversation before I saw “Him” or “His”.

I mean no disrespect for the answers given or to any religion…I just wanted to present a different perspective.

squirbel's avatar

That’s understandable. :)

Preventing confusion becomes difficult to those who follow the tradition, and I personally rank dissipating confusion lower than maintaining the purity of his name.

I wish there were a middle point so people didn’t think I was cursing… Then again, context helps.

squirbel's avatar

To respond to those who wonder at paulc’s answer, the question “How do you spell G-d?” has two readings. He took the one that was not intended and spelled his god for us :)

scamp's avatar

@ccatron The reason I asked this question is because I have never seen it before either. I saw it for the first time today here at Fluther.

paulc's avatar

Just trying to spice things up! Sorry if I confused anyone.

squirbel's avatar

I liked the humor! :D

scamp's avatar

Oh, it’s ok.. I just didn’t understand it!! (slaps her forehead and says..duh!!)

brownlemur's avatar

Some spell it Yahweh or Adonai. In Judaism, god is referred to as Hashem (when not called Adonai).

DorkmanScott's avatar

Anyone who leaves the O out of God out of “Respect for God’s name” is being silly, as God isn’t his name, it’s his title. It’d be like writing K-ng or “Pr-s-d-nt”.

Eight's avatar

S_lly? S_rry, D_orkm_n, _ th_nk y__ m_ss_ed the p__int.

squirbel's avatar

Dorkman, I hope you’re aware you just insulted Jews (traditional).

Have a nice day!

DorkmanScott's avatar

No, I didn’t insult any Jews. I simply called a specific practice of a specific sect of a specific religion silly and misguided, and stated a fact, that being that “God” is not his name.

scamp's avatar

Calling a person’s tradition silly and misguided sounds pretty insulting to me. I think you could have made your point without using those terms.

squirbel's avatar

Heh, I accidently gave him a point while trying to finger slide back to the top of the screen. No biggie though, his point is valid to someone!

squirbel's avatar

@angrynugget: phail.

Frank4YAHWEH's avatar

Not using vowels in names and titles is equivalent to not writing out or pronouncing the name or title.

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