I've heard someone who considers himself to be a "gangster" say "Oh my Lanta". I looked up this phrase, and apparently "Mylanta" is stomach medication, and it's a replacement for "Oh my God", so you won't take the Lord's name in vain. However, this definition really doesn't fit. Is there another meaning for "Oh my Lanta"?

  • As an aside, my sense is that part of the joke is that a gangster would be concerned about "taking the lord's name in vain," given all the other nasty things his job entails. – user13141 Oct 21 '11 at 7:43
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    @Mahnax You'd be amazed for what people believe themselves absolved by mincing oaths or attending church. – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 23 '12 at 16:12

I had originally thought it came directly from an ad campaign for Mylanta, but the more I look for it, I can't find those campaigns. I'm beginning to think they don't exist. They did have a campaign with "My doctor said Mylanta" and I know they used "oh Mylanta" on Full House in the 80s and 90s. My guess is it's a joke that many people made, with having the 'my' built into the word it lends itself to it nicely.


I'd never heard this phrase, but the Urban Dictionary tells us that it's a way of saying "Oh my God" or "Oh my Lord" without resorting to blasphemy and the eternal damnation inherent therein.

Faced with the need to say "Oh my [something]" without taking anyone's name in vain, the next two syllables "lanta" just seem to roll off the tongue, given that Mylanta is, as you say, a well known over-the-counter antacid medication.

  • The oddity here is that the person that I've heard say "Oh my Lanta" would be the last person on earth to care about blasphemy. – user11550 Oct 21 '11 at 13:25

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