What Does ODG Mean in a Text?

ODG means "Oh Dear God." ODG is an exclamation (much like OMG (Oh, my God) and OMD (Oh, my days)) typically used to express astonishment or incredulity.

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When I write ODG, I mean this:

meaning of ODG

ODG expresses astonishment.

Summary of Key Points

"Oh Dear God" is the most common definition for ODG on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Oh Dear God
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ODG in Sentences

Here are examples of ODG being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Look who just walked in.
  • Jordan: ODG! She's wearing the same dress as me!
  • Tony: Look out of window now. There are dozens of shooting stars.
  • Jordan:ODG! That's unbelievable.

An Academic Look at ODG

ODG is used as an interjection. (An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment, in this case surprise or amazement.)

Of note, ODG is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Oh Dee Gee), but as this is harder to say than "Oh dear god," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ODG is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Oh, my goodness" or "crikey" instead of ODG.

Example of ODG Used in a Text

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