(Closed) Re: Sneezing. “Bless you”?

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Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’m a Christian and I never say bless you, but I feel pressured to say it. People around me think it’s rude if I don’t say bless you. I don’t mind when people tell me bless you, it’s nice and whatnot, and I understand the whole concept, but it’s just not my thing. When I sneeze, instead I say excuse me! People think that’s weird ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I say “you alright” I hate when people say bless you to me… Everyone who knows me knows not to say it =D lol. I never say it to anyone else either.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

Whenever DH sneezes, I always say “bless you,” and he says “thank you.”  It kind of irks me sometimes though, because he doesn’t always say “bless you” when I sneeze. So then I say, “I sneezed!” then he says “bless you” and we have a bit of a laugh about it.

 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@UpstateCait:  I say “bless you” after the first sneeze but if there are any subsequent sneezes I normally say “ya only get one!”. =)

I understand that.  As a multiple sneezer with year-round allergies, I often tell people to save their blessings!

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@UpstateCait: Ah, teenagers. Aren’t they just charming?

I always say “bless you,” even though I’m not religious at all. Or “salud,” the Spanish version – which is somehow more appropriate, since it means “health!”

I also think that there are some people who go around looking for reasons to be offended. I’m Jewish/secular, but if someone wishes me “Merry Christmas,” I smile and say “Merry Christmas” back. Or “Thank you, same to you!”  I think people who get bent out of shape about that (or worse, the people who get all freaked out because you say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”) need to discover that there are actual problems in the world.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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@Loribeth: Haha, same situation in my house! Sometimes when I sneeze I’m like “bless ME!” and he’s like “oh, sorry, bless you!” lol.

 

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@UpstateCait: What a bunch of rude little buttheads…Your response was well warranted! I say bless you, but out of courtesy, not because I associate it with religion like others have said.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i would never say it to a complete stranger. especially a teenager what were you smoking?  lol

i don’t give a shit if someone i don’t even know sneezes. plus i’m an athiest and feel silly saying “bless you”. it’s just not my style.

i say it out of obligation to people who are (for example) working with me or like when my mom sneezes but that’s it.

and don’t even get me started on elevator talk. i hate it.  just because we’re in the elevator together doesn’t mean we have to talk.  

 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

This explains why people started saying bless you or other phrases when you sneeze

“For the most part, the various sneeze responses originated from ancient superstitions. Some people believed that a sneeze causes the soul to escape the body through the nose. Saying “bless you” would stop the devil from claiming the person’s freed soul. Others believed the opposite: that evil spirits use the sneeze as an opportunity to enter a person’s body. There was also the misconception that the heartmomentarily stops during a sneeze (it doesn’t), and that saying “bless you” was a way of welcoming the person back to life.”

This is not neccessarily why most people say it. I say it because I feel it is polite. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i thought it was because your heart stops when you sneeze

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@nontraditionalmiami: actually your heart does not stop when you sneeze. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@UpstateCait: oh and I say bless you to strangers all the time! On the train, the bus, at the store. So, I dont think it is weird or anything that you did. Those kids are just brats who think they are cool! Good for you for telling them off ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@nontraditionalmiami: Elevator talk = sneezing… what? 

I ALWAYS say “bless you.” Not because I’m trying to shove God down anyone’s throat but because it’s the manners I was taught growing up. There’s a guy in my office who won’t say “bless you” to anyone but if you don’t say it to him when he sneezes he gets all, “I just sneezed… aren’t you going to say something?” 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee

I say “bless you” not “God bless you” because I don’t believe in God. However, I do believe that being polite and nice is a little blessing in itself ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I say “bless you” as does DH who is not religious. It’s just to be polite and it’s automatic.

Post # 31
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Bee Keeper

I used to say “Bless you” but because I have to be PC at work I have changed to my cultural

  • First sneeze: Salud (Health)
  • Second sneeze: Amor (Love)
  • Third and subsequent sneezes: Dinero (Money!)

I find it very strange when people don’t say anything when a person sneezes.  It just seems impolite not to say something.

@UpstateCait: Could it be that they weren’t really sneezing?  My DH and I always joke with eachother by saying something amidst a sneeze.  Like if we catch each other in a white lie or something well say “Liar” but inside the sneeze.  Maybe that’s why they were laughing?

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