Just curious...

What do you say when someone sneezes? Does it bother you that "Bless you" is short for "God bless you"? Does it even matter?

I personally prefer "Salud," which is Spanish for "health."

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I'm 70% sure I thought it was bleshoo too. There are a couple of common little phrases like this that people mangle, where the poor pronunciation kept me in the dark until I started reading. Bleshoo for sharing that, you jogged my memory.

You're welcome Kairan.  It made sense to me that people would say bleshoo because it seemed like an onomatopoeic word.  Someone sneezes: "achoo."  Someone responds: "bleshoo" haha

I've been thinking a LOT, recently, about how much my speaking might have improved when I started reading.  I remember a story by a comedian who first heard a Catholic prayer during a funeral and thought 'and unto the Holy Ghost' was 'and into the hole he goes'.

Actin' funny, but I don't know why
'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy
- Jimi Hendrix

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  1. Robert Palmer: Addicted To Love
    Might as well face it, you're a dick with a glove.
    (This one's a scream: the submitter thought it was a song about Michael Jackson.)
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    See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
  3. Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
    The algebra has a devil for a sidekick eeeeeeeeee....
  4. Traditional: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Check your p***y
  5. Madonna: Like a Virgin
    Like a virgin touched for the thirty-first time.
  6. Bee Gees: Stayin' Alive
    Steak and a Knife, Steak and a Knife
  7. OneRepublic: Apologize
    It's too late to order fries
  8. Bee Gees: More Than A Woman
    Bald-headed woman... bald-headed woman to me
  9. Fifth Dimension: Aquarius
    This is the dawning of the Age of Asparugus, Asparugus
  10. Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time
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  11. Mudvayne: Dull Boy
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  12. Toto: Africa
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  14. R.E.M.: Losing My Religion
    Let's pee in the corner, Let's pee in the spotlight.
  15. Rolling Stones: Beast Of Burden
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  17. Metallica: Fuel
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  19. Alice Cooper: Poison
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  24. Elvis Presley: Hound Dog
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  26. J. Geils Band: Centerfold
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  27. Bryan Adams: Summer Of '69
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  28. Celine Dion: Alone
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  30. Paul McCartney: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
    "Lid oh lid oh be a gypsy, get around (get around), Get you...
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  33. Eagles: Life In The Fast Lane
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  34. Smokey Robinson: Second That Emotion
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I think we should accept what ever 'good will' is offered us, and return in kind if possible. There is more than enough ugliness already....

Good point. When someone says "Bless you" to me (whether it's for a sneeze or to thank me for something) or "Merry Christmas" or the like, I don't say, "I'm an atheist you jerk!!" I just accept that someone is being nice to me, and appreciate the sentiment (if not the form).

That's become my attitude.

I use gesundheit.

I have never said "bless you" or anything like it. Not even when I was religious because it seemed like a stupid thing to need to be blessed for. I usually ignore it but I will say "thank you" if someone says it to me just because I don't like having to explain my somewhat rude behavior.

"It was good of you to sneeze without farting."

More seriously, when I say anything at all it's usually "Gesundheit!" This means "health" in German. Which is a strange thing to say, if you stop to consider it's just a noun, not a complete sentence.

I guess it's a shorthand wish for someone with the sniffles to be healthy again. I'd rather extend tidings of health than spiritual blessings, since health is actually tangible.

I'm pretty sure that sneeze responses were invented just to get over the awkward moment after the sneeze.  I wish they had invented a phrase to say after someone farted...maybe, 'out with the old, eh'

I might have to start saying that.

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