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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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.