A phrase that you may have heard is “Oh MyLanta”. If you’re not from the states, it’s unlikely you’ll know what MyLanta is. And even if you are, it’s not guaranteed.
When you hear an American say it, you might be utterly unsure what they mean.
What does “Oh MyLanta” mean?
“Oh MyLanta” is just another way of saying “Oh my God”. It comes from old adverts for MyLanta, a brand of antacid. Initially, it was used to describe the pain. However, it can also be used to talk about general shock.
In this article, I want to talk about where it comes from, how it’s changed, and whether it’s likely to stay.
Where did “Oh MyLanta” come from?
When you have an upset stomach, you might want to take an antacid. One of the many brands you might want to use is MyLanta.
In the older adverts for the drug, people would clutch their stomach in pain, and yell “Oh MyLanta”. Their way of saying “Oh God, it hurts”. This became popular among viewers and was kept as part of their ad campaign for several years.
You could compare this to how some people have started saying “I’m loving it”, after the famous McDonalds slogan, even if they’re not talking about fast food.
How a comedy show changed the meaning of “Oh MyLanta”
Initially, when the phrase was used in the adverts, it was only used to express pain. However, it has now become another way of saying “Oh my God”. A big reason for this is the TV show “Full House”.
In one episode a girl says “Oh MyLanta”, when talking to a boy she liked. Obviously, in the scene, she was not in pain. That was the start of the new meaning of “Oh MyLanta”.
Today, most of the people who say it probably don’t know where it comes from or its original meaning.
What is MyLanta antacid?
As we’ve already established “MyLanta” is a brand of antacid. But what is Antacid?
When we have a problem with our stomach, the acid may rise higher than it ought to. This can cause burning as it’s only our stomach that is made to tolerate stomach acid.
When the acid gets too high, we need something to stop it from being acid. The job of an antacid is to turn the acid into water.
An antacid is a strong alkaline. As you may remember from school, if you mix acid with an alkaline, they cancel each other and give you water.
Why you should be careful of MyLanta antacid
But be careful. There is a good reason for us having strong stomach acid. The acid is designed to kill harmful bacteria that can make us sick.
Of course, the acid can’t do this if it’s not acid. Without the acid to kill pathogens, it will be up to your white blood cells. However, your white blood cells can only do so much.
Without your stomach acid to kill the bacteria, your chances of becoming extremely ill will be higher. So make sure to only take it if you’re confident it will be the best option for you.
Why people might say “Oh MyLanta”
Most of the time, when people say “Oh MyLanta” it will be to show shock. This could be either positive or negative. The reason people might say “Oh MyLanta” instead of “Oh my God” is because the latter can be seen as blasphemy.
However, it can also be used to show shock in situations that are not all that important. Things that come as a shock to us, but will not have a significant impact on us.
It could also be said as a way of being funny. In a shocking situation, phrases like this can be used to lighten the mood.
Will “Oh MyLanta”stand the test of time?
The big question of “Oh MyLanta” is “Will it last?”.
On the one hand, it is a funny-sounding phrase that can express shock in a fun and informal way. But then again, our language changes so quickly, it can be impossible to tell what will or won’t last.
It won’t make much sense for someone who has just heard the phrase, particularly if they don’t know what MyLanta is.
Although only time can tell for sure, I would place my money on nobody using this phrase in the next 15 years if I was a betting man.
However, one of the main reasons I believe “Oh MyLanta” won’t last is because of a scandal that happened in 2010.
In that year, there were a few labelling concerns with the liquid form of the antacid. What happened was, the medicine contained tiny amounts of alcohol. This wasn’t written on the label.
As a result, all MyLanta products had to be recalled. Although the company went back on the market in 2016, a damaged reputation is hard to recover.
For this reason, it’s unlikely “Oh MyLanta” will ever be popular again.
Alternatives to “Oh MyLanta”
If “Oh MyLanta” is soon to be forgotten, what are some alternatives we might consider?
Of course, there is the timeless classic “Oh my God”, occasionally shortened to “OMG”.
For those who don’t want to take the Lord’s name in vain, there is always “Golly” or “Gosh”. And for those who wish to appear upper-class, you can use “goodness gracious me”.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Bart Simpson’s “Ay Caramba”.
And for those times we really lose our temper, we can always say “Oh for crying out loud”.
“Oh MyLanta” is a slightly more casual way of saying “Oh my God”. It started off as a slogan from an ad campaign for the MyLanta brand of antacid- which helps people with stomach problems.
However, because of “Full House”, it has since gone onto mean what it means today.
Because of the labelling scandal, it’s unlikely people will want to use “Oh MyLanta” anymore. But it’s interesting to take a look at the impact that advertising can have on our language. Many people will have used the phrase “Oh MyLanta” without ever having taken an antacid tablet in their lie.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what it means and where it comes from. And it’s up to you if you want to use it or leave it with the millions of other phrases nobody says anymore.