(Closed) Re: Sneezing. “Bless you”?

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Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@sulaii211: I don’t think he’s blowing it out of proportion at all. If he doesn’t want to say “bless you” because of his beliefs, he shouldn’t have to. At least he’s saying something that is a common alternative for it (he could just not say anything).

Post # 63
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Wow,people get offended so easily these days.If someone says they dont want me to say Bless u when they sneeze,I ask them so u would rather be cursed then??I know thats weird,but theres nothing else that u can say when someone sneezes.

Post # 64
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I say it every single time I hear someone sneeze – I always say bless you.  I’ve never had anyone get upset, at least not yet.

Post # 65
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@Crabbabs: couldn’t agree more.  you bring up great points lol

 

 

Post # 66
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Sugar bee

I say “bless you” to family and strangers. It’s manners, and also automatic.

Post # 67
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@Crabbabs: I agree, why is there this obligation to say “bless you” when someone sneezes, but not when they cough?

Sometimes, when I’m feeling cranky, I get annoyed (not offended) when people say “bless you” to me when I sneeze, because then I feel obligated to respond with a “thank you” even though I just want to sit here being miserable with my cold or allergies and not have to talk to anyone.  If you really want to bless me, bring me some Vitamin C or something.  😉

I also get annoyed when people hold the door open for me when it requires them to wait for like 30 seconds for me to get there.  It makes me feel like I should be hurrying to get there to not inconvenience them, but I never asked them to hold the door in the first place!

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@JenniferG: bahahaha

i hate that too. 

the only kind of instances where i feel it’s necessary to be polite is like let’s say someone drops their purse and spills crap everywhere or falls.  i would definitely run to the rescue in a situation like that but elevator chit chat, “bless you” and “thank you” and holding doors open when you are too far away are things that don’t even phase me. i don’t care if you do it/say it and i don’t want you to care if i don’t do it/don’t say it. 

 

 

Post # 69
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I work in a restaurant kitchen, and a couple of my coworkers are Mexican. Whenever someone sneezes, they say “Sancho!” They explained it to me as meaning the person your SO is cheating with, as in if you sneeze, it means your SO is cheating on you. Weird, no? I think “Bless you” sounds so much more pleasant, and I’m about as non-religious as they come.

Also, on multiple sneezing – in my FI’s family, they’ll say “Bless you” after one sneeze, but if you keep sneezing, they say, “Shut up!” 🙂

 

Post # 70
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i’m a blesser, and i currently identify as agnostic…identified as pagan for a while but past events in my life have left me dissatisfied with belief in general, lol.  it’s habit.  polite.  nothing more.  (personally i feel the spanish response of “salud”–meaning “health”–makes more sense, but whatever, lol.)

it’s funny, because sometimes Fiance and i, er, mispronounce things on purpose to be cute (ok ok i guess it’s baby talk, lol), so our standard is more like “bressou”, lol.  we also say “fankou” instead of “thank you” following it.  dumb, i know.

Post # 71
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@Bubu82:  OMG your FI’s family sounds like mine!  that’s hilarious!

Post # 72
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I get a little uncomfortable when someone says “God bless you” to me (but I think I’ve been told that once for sneezing; most of the context I have is patients telling me that, which has a different feel to it, you know?), but if someone says “bless you” I just say thanks (I’m an atheist). For me, the backstory just amuses me. I mean, who would have came up with the idea that you could expel your soul through your nose when you sneezed? LOL!

Post # 73
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I usually say ‘bless you’ just because that’s what I was taught growing up, and really never thought about the religious/superstitious undertones.

DH usually says “gesundheit” (<– did anyone else have to Google that??) because he is German, and enjoys that part of his heritage.

She’s too respectful of other views to do this in public, but my SIL usually yells “GOD BLESS YOU MY CHILD!!” really, really loudly!  It’s only around family, and she does it to be funny.  It is really entertaining to sneeze when she’s around and hear her yell it from down the hall.

Post # 74
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@sulaii211: Technically it IS religious, so he’s won on that argument already. : D Is he asking YOU to stop saying “bless you”, or has he just stopped using it himself? If it’s the latter, then so what? He can say what he wants to say. If it’s the former, then maybe you can humour him, or just explain to him that it’s an automatic thing for you to just say “bless you”. 

Post # 75
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@piglet_625: LOL, the part about your SIL is hilarious! : D As an atheist, I would love to have that shouted at me (by someone who I knew wasn’t being serious…if they were, that might be awkward).

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