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Why do peolple say 'god bless you' when someone sneezes?
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Posted 11/2/14
http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/blessyou.asp

That's all fine and well and all, but I find myself trying not to say anything at all when some stranger sneezes near me these days - I'd rather be thought of as rude than catch some nasty strain of the flu from a total stranger who wasn't even polite enough to cover their face when they ejected their biohazardous spray into the air. Nasty plebs.
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Posted 11/2/14
Well in Asian culture if someone sneezes that means someone is thinking of you. But they say God Bless You to be kind to you.
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Posted 11/2/14

kakashi2k7 wrote:

Well in Asian culture if someone sneezes that means someone is thinking of you. But they say God Bless You to be kind to you.


i agree with this.
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Posted 11/5/14
Tis most likely lost in history since people are lazy and never write down where the common stuff comes from. One day they'll wonder why they spray people with disinfectant and run screaming "Ebola!!!" when someone sneezes.
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Posted 11/17/14
Yeah, in the old days I think they said sneezing happens when your soul is trying to escape lol. Anyway I don't say it, if anyone asks why, I'll ask why in return.
Posted 11/17/14
Is that why people say it? I always thought people were saying it because they were really religious.
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Posted 11/17/14
Force of habit. It was something that was ingrained into me as a child and after so long it seems wrong not to. I know it's ridiculous but conditioning is hard to break, you know?
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My father likes to say that it's a Catholic thing that sneezing happens because of demons, and they'd say "bless you" to abolish the demons or whatever. Otherwise, I don't know the real reason.
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Posted 11/23/14 , edited 11/23/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:

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


LOL the laser focus on Christianity... Jews believe in God too y'know...

It's just one of those things people seem to run with. I only here the "Bless you" bit...
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Posted 11/23/14 , edited 11/23/14

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FlyinDumpling wrote:

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


LOL the laser focus on Christianity... Jews believe in God too y'know...

It's just one of those things people seem to run with. I only here the "Bless you" bit...
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Posted 11/29/14
I simply say "Bless You" 'cause it's just polite. Haha, actually, sometimes when I don't say bless you because, idk, it's quiet or no one else said bless you, I feel guilty and say bless you like 20 seconds after the sneeze, lol. But I remember, like 3 years ago (which is a lot for someone my age, haha), my friends and I were talking about it 'cause we were going over words and phrases in religion class. We all said the same thing-- "when you sneeze, your heart stops." So saying bless you is a blessing saying "good thing you didn't die just now"
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Posted 11/29/14

Icarusgamer98 wrote:

Because your heart stops whenever you sneeze.



exactly I wonder what it would be like if people said bless you after everytime someone hiccuped...?
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I second this! Though, I say it to wish for anthers well-being (despite being non-christian)
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