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View Poll Results: How do you respond to a sneeze?
I say "bless you"
20
57.14%
I say "God bless you"
2
5.71%
I ignore it, if I even notice it.
11
31.43%
I put on a face mask and get out my antiseptic spray
1
2.86%
I bless Twikoff
1
2.86%
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To bless or not to bless

Old 10-03-11, 10:53 AM
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To bless or not to bless

When my Mom was dragging us to the Jehovah's Witnesses, my brother and I were taught that saying "bless you" after someone sneezed was an Evil Pagan Practice (like almost everything else) and should not be done.

Now, I'm curious about the custom. How to you respond when someone sneezes?
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Re: To bless or not to bless

I try to be the first one to jump in with a "god bless you".
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Gesundheit!

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Re: To bless or not to bless

Nothing, it's pointless. I really don't like when people say it to me either. Not just "bless you," but anything after a sneeze is a waste.
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Bless you. It's a habit.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

I usually bless myself and try to do so quickly after a sneeze. I enjoy the looks of those around me who feel so guilty they didn't respond sooner.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

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Gesundheit!

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Same here. Sometimes Bless You, but usually Gesundheit. Both said with the same amount of thought or meaning.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

"OH MY GOD ARE YOU OK GET AWAY FROM ME I DON'T WANT TO GET SICK" usually works for me.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

"You are so good looking."
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Originally Posted by Bandoman View Post
"OH MY GOD ARE YOU OK GET AWAY FROM ME I DON'T WANT TO GET SICK" usually works for me.
The poll is specifically about what you say when someone sneezes, not when you're first meeting someone.
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Bless you. Sign of the cross. Mace if on hand. Order depends on severity of sneeze.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Originally Posted by WallyOPD View Post
The poll is specifically about what you say when someone sneezes, not when you're first meeting someone.


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Re: To bless or not to bless

Archaic custom but I still say Bless you! whenever my wife sneezes. As far as anyone else is concerned, if I feel like it, I say it, if not, it's no big deal. -kd5-
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Re: To bless or not to bless

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"You are so good looking."
That was my thought.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Anyone else get this from the S.O. if they don't say it?

Geez honey, you don't say ANYTHING?
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Re: To bless or not to bless

I say "bless you" even though it's silly.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Gesundheit!
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Re: To bless or not to bless

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Gesundheit!

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Yup. "Gesundheit" for the first sneeze, "Gesundheit, germbag!" for any followups.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

I never do it because I just think it is one of the most pointless customs I have ever heard of.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

I say Gesundheit like a normal person.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Never blessed anyone after a sneeze (or Gesundheited anyone either, for that matter), but I may said "Goddamn, point that thing away from me, next time!"
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Re: To bless or not to bless

Yeah I say bless you even though I do think its silly... It comes from years of being popped upside my head from my mom whenever I didnt say it when someone sneezed when I was younger. Awwww child abuse.
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Re: To bless or not to bless

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I say Gesundheit like a normal person.
Yes, normal people like Hitler.
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Yes, normal people like Hitler.






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Re: To bless or not to bless

Originally Posted by cungar View Post
Anyone else get this from the S.O. if they don't say it?

Geez honey, you don't say ANYTHING?
You probably should say it, otherwise your S.O. might end up having an affair with George Costanza. It's been known to happen...

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