Question of the day

Do you say “bless you” when someone sneeze’s? Would you “bless” a stranger?

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14 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Joy says:

    I do say bless you all the time and to anyone I hear sneeze. In Paul’s case now, with his bad “man cold,” I’ve stopped.

  2. Jenny says:

    I usually say it

  3. Nikki says:

    I say it to anyone I hear sneeze, whether I know them or not.

  4. SKL says:

    I feel funny saying “bless you” somehow when someone sneezes. It seems fake to me. Sometimes I force myself to, other times I don’t.

  5. Laura says:

    It’s pretty much a reflex to say “bless you” or “gesundheit” when somebody sneezes. When Steve starts, I’ll say it once, but sometimes he gets to serial sneezing, and eventually, I’ll just say, “you done yet?” when he is, THEN I’ll hit him with the “bless you”

  6. Morocco says:

    I agree with SKL, so I say gesundheit whuch I believe means “good health to you.”

  7. Sue says:

    I do say bless you when someone sneezes. I say it because I want to say it, not because I think I should say it.

  8. mssc54 says:

    I believe that words are powerful and have significant meaning. I say “God bless you” when anyone sneezes around ear shot of me. Heck even if they are some distance away from me I will even raise my voice to make sure they hear me.

    I do that for two reasns. Like I said before, I believe that words are powerful. Not that God is somehow obligated to “perform” based on my words. The other reason I say, “God bless you” is that hearing the name of God in a positive frame may be the only time some people hear or thing about His name without it being in some derogatory term.

    What language is “gesundheit” and where did saying “God bless you” originate?

    • SKL says:

      Gesundheit is German. “sund” is like sound. “heit” is like “ness.” “Ge-” is like “toward.” Roughly, of course.

      I like the concept of Gesundheit, but the fact that most people don’t know what it really means makes it just as arbitrary as Bless You, for me. Also, I still don’t see why only a sneeze gets you a blessing or good wish.

      • mssc54 says:

        I say “God bless you” to people often, not just when I hear a sneeze.

        • Phyllis says:

          I’m with you, mssc54! I always respond to a sneeze with “God bless you”, and I often offer a blessing on others, especially around the new year. Such as “My the good Lord bless you in this year with good health and abundance, may He keep you safe in all things.” No, I don’t say it to every one, but when I receive a “nudge” in that direction I will always, always go with it!! I may not know the reason for the prompting, but God knows what it’s for!

  9. Nikki says:

    I do say, “Bless you” because that is what you normally say, and it is what I have always heard…it has no significance to it though, when I say it, anyway. I simply mean it as…an “excuse you”

  10. SKL says:

    I read that the origin of “God Bless You” was a belief that when you sneeze, the Holy Spirit goes out of you and “God Bless You” is said in support of the H.S. going back in. Writing this seems so strange, perhaps there is a more sensible reason for it.

    I have no problem with “God bless you” but I don’t see what it has to do with sneezing (since I don’t believe the H.S. leaves when you sneeze). Why not say it when someone coughs, blows their nose, hiccups, or groans? Wouldn’t it make more sense to say it when you say “goodbye” or when someone’s in pain? When stuff doesn’t make sense to me, it’s hard for me to force myself to do it. If I was sure the other person really felt better afterward, I’d do it. But when someone says it to me, I feel like it’s probably like Nikki said, an “excuse you” half of the time, and then I feel obligated to say “thank you” when I have no desire to converse with the person (stranger or acquaintance). Maybe that’s an introvert thing.

  11. kweenmama says:

    I say it whether I know the person or not.

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