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Old 06-29-06, 03:03 PM
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Bless You for the Cough

So I'm sitting here bored at work and people are sneezing and coughing around me. Being a good person I make sure to say, "Bless you" after every sneeze but I have nothing to say after someone coughs. Any ideas?
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Old 06-29-06, 03:09 PM
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This is a pet peeve of mine. I was never raised to say it (from the west coast) and it really means nothing. A batty old lady told me that "your heart stops beating when you sneeze"--Wrong, thats technically a heart attack--You sneeze between beats.

Anyway at one job I sat next to this religious nut at work who wanted me to bless her so that her heart would keep beating. So much so that she would loudly complain if I didnt and rub it in when I sneezed.

So I dont know. Say "I hope you're not getting sick"?
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Old 06-29-06, 03:11 PM
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Try "God bless you".....
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Old 06-29-06, 03:11 PM
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That's a bit wordy to be saying twenty or so times a day. We need something that is the three words top.
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Old 06-29-06, 03:13 PM
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So you knew two separate people who "believed" that your heart would stop beating if you didn't say it? I've never heard that before... I thought it was just a habit for politeness or something.

As for the cough, how about:
"Cover your mouth next time" or
"Thanks for covering your mouth"

whichever is appropriate. Though I'm not sure how covering your mouth when you cough is a medically proven way to combat the spread of disease, that may just be another useless habit.
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how bout
"Cover your Mouth!"
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Old 06-29-06, 03:15 PM
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After someone coughs around here, I usually say "Shut the fuck up".....
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Old 06-29-06, 03:15 PM
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"Bless you" or the religious version, "God bless you" is polite. "Cover your mouth!" might be good advise but it doesn't scream out, "I'M A GOOD PERSON AND I CARE!" like "Bless you" does.
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Old 06-29-06, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
"I'm sorry that your lungs hate you."

Ehh it IS nice but it might start a conversation with the person which is something you want to avoid with pleasantries.
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Old 06-29-06, 03:18 PM
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I quoted you before you even posted....
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Old 06-29-06, 03:19 PM
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If "bless you" doesnt mean anything (other than "I heard you sneeze") how is it polite?

I used to say "hope you're not getting sick" after a person sneezed and I was considered rude for not saying "bless you".
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bless_you
One traditional explanation for the custom is that it began literally as a blessing. Pope Gregory I the Great (AD 540-604) ascended to the Papacy just in time for the start of the bubonic plague in AD 590 (his successor succumbed to it). To combat the plague, Gregory ordered litanies, processions and unceasing prayer for God's intercession. When someone sneezed (seen as the initial onset of the plague), they were immediately blessed ("God bless you!") in the hope that they would not actually develop the disease.
You don't have to say God Bless you for a cough. Just smack 'em on the back and go on your way.
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Old 06-29-06, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
If "bless you" doesnt mean anything (other than "I heard you sneeze") how is it polite?
That is the beauty of it. It doesn't mean anything but the sneezer has to act like it does or they are the rude ones.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
After someone coughs around here, I usually say "Shut the fuck up".....
I say that to one of the guys at work whenever he sneezes.

Usually I say "bless you" or "Gusundheit". If I know the person I might say "You're soooooo good looking!" (if they're not Seinfeld fans I have to explain it).
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Try "God bless you".....
Sorry, the Supreme Court has ruled that you cannot use the word 'God' when blessing someone!

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I keep the office first aid kit at my desk, and some of its contents include common cold remedies, so usually if I hear someone cough I offer them a Sucret.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
I keep the office first aid kit at my desk, and some of its contents include common cold remedies, so usually if I hear someone cough I offer them a Sucret.

Cherry or blue?
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Old 06-29-06, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
I keep the office first aid kit at my desk, and some of its contents include common cold remedies, so usually if I hear someone cough I offer them a Sucret.
I like that. "Sucret" should be the response.
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