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Why do peolple say 'god bless you' when someone sneezes?
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Posted 10/30/14
Good question! It is a bit weird that we say 'God bless you' when a person sneezes, and not when he coughs, burps or blows his nose..
I read this somewhere that wishing someone well after they sneeze probably originated thousands of years ago. The Romans would say 'Jupiter preserve you' and the Greeks would wish each other 'long life'. The phrase 'God bless you' is attributed to Pope Gregory The Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague epidemic (sneezing was an obvious symptom of one form of the plague). And the rest, as they say, is history.
Posted 10/30/14

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I always thought it was a strange thing. Every time someone says bless you after I sneeze I don't respond. Some people would say thank you, but I don't feel like I owe one just for sneezing. Do most people who say bless you know what bless you even means? Or better yet, why would anyone assume that someone is Christian?

The practice of blessing someone who sneezes, dating as far back as at least 77 AD, however, is far older than most specific explanations can account for. Gregory I became Pope in 590 AD as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague. The blessing ("God bless you!") became a common effort to halt the disease.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_bless_you


Rude person. Say thank you. Gosh.
Posted 10/30/14 , edited 10/30/14
I do it out of habit, never really cared for the meaning behind it. Also, I say "thank you" when someone tells me "bless you" after I sneeze...it's just common courtesy. However, I'm careful with doing it with foreigners, my brother said "bless you" to a middle east girl (we don't know if she's Muslim or Jewish) and she got MAD! she literally gave him a speech about her upbringing and why he was wrong in saying "bless you".

Hispanic people say "salud!" which means "health" in english...so I guess that one has more sense because they are wishing that the person who is sneezing gets better (since people who will get or already have the flu are always sneezing).
Posted 10/30/14
Because a long time ago, people thought you were letting a ghost out when you did that.
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Posted 10/30/14
people say "god bless you" when you sneeze because back when people first came to America, it was very easy to get sick and very hard to get rid of the illness you had back then. So when people sneezed, others automatically thought that they would be getting sick soon so they tried to "bless" them out of thinking they might die soon ^_^
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MadameNoir wrote:

Rude person. Say thank you. Gosh.
Here I got you a gift
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MadameNoir wrote:

Rude person. Say thank you. Gosh.
Here I got you a gift


Je t'aime. I love ropes.
How did you know that? I could tie it onto the car tyre I stole yesterday and make a swing. (Y) You're the best.
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Je t'aime. I love ropes.
How did you know that? I could tie it onto the car tyre I stole yesterday and make a swing. (Y) You're the best.
Funny story, the person I stole it from was using it as a swing.
Posted 10/30/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:


MadameNoir wrote:

Je t'aime. I love ropes.
How did you know that? I could tie it onto the car tyre I stole yesterday and make a swing. (Y) You're the best.
Funny story, the person I stole it from was using it as a swing.


:c You're regifting...
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Posted 10/30/14 , edited 10/30/14
Whether you like it or not, some people will try to at least be polite with you with those words. I am sorry you have to face a harmless social norm.
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Posted 10/30/14 , edited 10/30/14
Historical Reasons. Same reason why in my family we sometimes say "Gesundheit" instead of bless you because my great great grandfather was German and it was a family norm that got passed down and still stuck 5 generations later lol. Don't be offended, they are literately wishing that God grants you better health, even as an atheist I would see it as a sign of caring and not look too deeply into it.
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Posted 10/30/14 , edited 10/30/14
Because Sneezing is a horrible sin, and god only blesses someone if someone else says that...
Posted 10/30/14

Just polite, out of tradition, it really means nothing except "poor thing" unless the person that says it has religious sentiment behind it.
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Posted 10/31/14
Because people fear the unknown that's why god exsists.
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Posted 10/31/14 , edited 10/31/14
I say "gerzindroight" or whatever.
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