• the way that some religious Jews write God, to avoid writing the full word

Example Sentences

  • Moses received the Torah from G-d at Sinai.

Languages of Origin


Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)




It is forbidden in Jewish law to take God's name in vain. Specifically, that refers to God's four letter name (the tetragrammaton), but some Jews as a stringency avoid writing in English "God" to make extra sure they aren't taking God's name in vain. The same practice applies in Modern Hebrew and other Jewish languages, although the particular substitutions (dashes; use of the letter kaf) can vary. ג-ט g-t (for גאָט got 'God') has been encountered in Yiddish.

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