(Closed) Re: Sneezing. “Bless you”?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think people are way too sensitive. Hah.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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? Wink

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Thrakena: 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Buzzing bee

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. 

Darling Husband usually says gesundheit.

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