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I’m working on purging religious language out of my vocabulary. Unless, of course, I’m talking about religion. It’s not a huge deal, I’m not going to beat myself up if I slip, and I don’t particularly care if other people do this or not — this is just a personal preference. But when I’m expressing secular concepts, I’m trying to use secular language. For instance: when people sneeze, I say “Gesundheit” (it’s German for “health”) instead of “Bless you.”
So now I’m looking for a secular alternative to “Good angel/ bad angel.”
You know — that trope where there’s a good angel and a bad angel sitting on each shoulder — or, often, an angel and a devil — whispering in your ear advising you to do the right thing or do the wrong thing. As in, “I know we’re both frazzled, but I’m trying to be a good angel — let’s go to the gym, we’ll feel better.” Or, “You want me to order the chocolate decadence mousse cake so you can have a bite, don’t you? You’re being such a bad angel!”
Does anyone have suggestions for some secular alternatives to this phrase?
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