Post # 1
I was at Target today, scoping out the jewelry section when 2 teenage girls and what appeared to be one of their boyfriends came over. The guy sneezed so I said “bless you”, ya know, to be polite. I guess I expected a thanks or whatever but instead I got a little pubescent round of laughter. I was just trying to be nice but instead those little assholes made fun of me! Well, I said “go fuck yourselves then” and left. Immature? Sure, but it felt good. 🙂
As I was telling Fiance about it I got to thinking about the whole use of the phrase. I’ve met people who are offended if someone says “bless you” or “god bless you” to them. I would imagine it has something to do with them being athiest but I sort of think this is funny.
I’m atheist but I still say it whenever I hear someone sneeze because it’s the polite thing to do. While I don’t necessarily believe that “god” is really blessing us, I’m always thankful when someone takes the time to say it.
What about you? Are you a “blesser” when you witness a sneeze?
If anyone out there happens to be offended by it (I guess it’s pretty common from what I gather), would you mind sharing why?
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: I always say “bless you”. It’s almost automatic. I actually feel rude if I don’t say it and I find it weird when people don’t say it to me.
Post # 4
I worked with a lady who was a Jehovah’s Witness and she was very offended by it, though she didn’t tell me. The other girl who I worked with warned me. It was really hard to refrain. But I don’t get offended if someone doesn’t thank me. It’s like “whatever”. lol
Post # 5
That’s how I feel. I don’t even think about it, it just kinda comes out. Not a single member of FI’s family says it and it kinda irks me.
Post # 6
I think people are way too sensitive. Hah.
Post # 7
I used to have an aquaintance who would say “OUT” whenever someone would sneeze. She said it as encouragement to get the cold, virus, dust whatever “out” of your body. You think you got laughed at today- whenever I was around her I always secretly hoped people would sneeze so I could see all the weird reactions!
Post # 8
I’m a teacher and the entire class always says “bless you” whenever anyone sneezes! I understand not saying “God bless you” if you don’t believe in God, but what’s wrong with “bless you”? Sounds like you were just around a group of immature kiddos!
Teenagers love to act like they’re way cooler than you even if they aren’t. haha.
Post # 9
hooray! i’m glad you told them to go fuck themselves! snot-nosed brats.
i say it because it’s polite. i never used to say “excuse me” when i sneezed until my current job where everyone says it… now i say it even when i’m alone!
Post # 10
@UpstateCait: I’m wiccan and I say “Bless You” anytime someone sneezes. I don’t see it as religious because I don’t say “God”. I was taught to do it by my grandmother. She was really big on being a lady and being polite. I think the reason so many people don’t say it anymore (or please and thank you) is just a general lack of common courtesy these days. It’s sad to say, but I have become genuinely suprised if a man holds a door for me these days. What happened to manners?
By The Way, I used to have a friend that would sneeze 7 times in a row, everytime she sneezed. At first I would say “bless you” after the first one and keep it up until she stopped. After a while I would count the sneezes and after the seventh one would say “You done?” and she would say yes and I would then say “OK, bless you.” We would have a good laugh each time it happened.
Post # 11
I always say either “bless you” or “gesundheit” when someone sneezes.
I get ticked off if I sneeze within earshott of someone I know well and they do not do the same! Silly I know!!
I sometimes even ask my husband to “bless me!!!” as he does not always do it.
Post # 12
Exactly. “Bless you” can just mean that you yourself are blessing someone and doesn’t have to mean God.
Teenagers will sometimes burst into laughter just when I say “hey” in the hallway to be polite in the mornings. Their behavior is inexplainable. lol.
Post # 13
I think your response was apt lol.
I say “bless you” and then tell people I stopped their soul escaping their body.
People have been saying bless you since 77AD and no one is 100% on why!
Post # 14
Ha! Whenever I sneeze infront of Fiance, he never says it so I always say “Bless me – Thank you!”.
I say “bless you” after the first sneeze but if there are any subsequent sneezes I normally say “ya only get one!”. =)
Post # 15
Yeah, I’m not superstitous or religious at all, but I still say “bless you.” I do it partially to be polite, but mostly because it’s ingrained behavior. Everybody in my family says eiether “bless you” or “gesundheit” after a sneeze.
Post # 16
I’m athiest and I always say “bless you” when someone sneezes. Even though the origins of the phrase are religious I honestly don’t think too many people view it that way now. It’s just what you say.
DH usually says gesundheit.