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Secular Question of the Day

Is there a good secular equivalent of ‘Amen’?


  1. #1 John Wilkins
    January 24, 2007

    So mote it be. It’s good enough for the Masons…

  2. #2 Cody
    January 24, 2007

    How about, “You, sir, are in the right!”?

  3. #3 Garine
    January 24, 2007

    True that.

  4. #4 pastordan
    January 24, 2007

    I actually may have coined one at the Yearly Kos Interfaith Service last year. I asked for an “amen” from the congregation at one point, then, realizing that perhaps wasn’t fair to the sizable atheist contingent, asked them to say “yup.” Still hear it from time to time.

  5. #5 llewelly
    January 25, 2007

    I say: ‘This is true.’

  6. #6 D.D.
    January 25, 2007

    “I say Doctor, that is quite right.”
    “Hear, hear!”

  7. #7 joltvolta
    January 25, 2007

    Growing up in a household void of any religious influence, “amen” doesn’t really have much meaning to me. I understand the function of the word, but when I hear it being said outside of a religious function (such as grace at thanksgiving, in a church, etc), it just seems odd, and out of place. I’ve noticed when used, its often in a sarcastic tone or used in the wrong context. Honestly, when people use the word, I feel that the person lacks vocabulary or isn’t confident about explaining their position on whatever it is that causes them to say “amen!” in the first place.

  8. #8 coturnix
    January 25, 2007

    In some circle, ‘QED’ works fine. How about ‘R.I.P.’?

  9. #9 Islander
    January 25, 2007

    It’s translation into English = So be it.
    Or, as atheist self uses,

    Kia ora

    (ANZ Maori for ‘Let it be life.’)

  10. #10 Warren
    January 25, 2007

    F*ckin’ A” usually sufficeth. It has the added advantage of offending prudes, which nicely removes them from further conversational interjections.

  11. #11 chezjake
    January 25, 2007

    I think “Right on!” is still quite serviceable.

  12. #12 quitter
    January 25, 2007

    I ask, WWPD, that is what would Picard do?

    He’d say, “make it so”

  13. #13 coturnix
    January 29, 2007

    Ramen, of course.

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