Or, what about well, goddamn! or, Goddamnit! or Goddammit! If you look at in in dictionary.com, the initial capital is sometimes used, sometimes not. Both are correct. In a word like that, is more or less respectful to capitalize it? What is the thinking on either side? I swear, I see it both ways in published books!
I mean, I know the rule of thumb is if it is a proper name, you capitalize. But when you're saying Oh my God! or Oh my god!, is it even a proper name at that point?
Then you also have the confusion of God being a proper name, as in, for example, the Christian god, but also, a regular noun, such as in the sentence: Carolyn Crane's husband is such a god! Or even in the phrase Oh my God! or Oh my god! are you really talking about a specific god with the proper name of God, e.g. the Christian god, or gods in general, as a concept?
Hey writerly & readerly friends: Do you capitalize or not, and what is your thinking behind it? Please advise!