Another expression that Anastasia is fond of deploying is the simple, “Oh my.” When used in juxtaposition with riding crops, vaginal beads, cunnilingus, sex at IHOP, and “firing up her Google” to send winky-face smileys to Christian, “oh my” serves a remarkably consistent function in the narrative.
It also shows us that the sort of quotidian expressions of wonder Ana is capable of are given a real workout by the “that was extraordinary” quality of Christian’s Red Room of Pain, and her adventures therein.
Clearly, Anastasia has, by book’s end, experienced many more sexual positions with Christian than she has found words to describe how she feels when she enjoys sex. So fascinating!
To conclude our survey, let us focus on another regular expression which E.L. James grants to Anastasia, a word used yet again when she’s expressing wonderment at her new, sexually charged life.
That, of course, would be “Jeez.” Now you may think that jeez is a pedestrian word, a fake curse of sorts. But let’s close-read for a moments. Jeez is a colloquialism that is short for “Jesus.” Thus, we can infer that Anastasia is pursuing her carnal pleasure with Him always in mind. Oh my.
Next time people ask you why Fifty Shades of Grey smashed worldwide sales records, answer with confidence, “Holy hell, the writing is unlike anything I’ve ever — I mean jeez. Oh my. Oh my.”