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#1 Old 06-24-2011, 03:36 PM
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What do atheists say when somebody sneezes?

I stopped saying "God bless you" years ago, because of my atheist beliefs. Usually, I shorten it to "bless you", just because I feel like I have to be polite and say something, but even that seems wrong to me. I know there are a lot of atheists here on VB. What do the rest of you think?

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#2 Old 06-24-2011, 03:37 PM
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I usually say "Bless you." I never really thought about the significance of that phrase.
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I don't usually say anything, but sometimes "Bless you" comes out by force of habit. I think I might adopt "Well done!"
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Gesundheit!

Hmmm... I always assumed that meant "God bless you" or something. But I just looked it up, and it's actually German for "good health". So that actually works as a polite response to a sneeze for atheists.

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Hmmm... I always assumed that meant "God bless you" or something. But I just looked it up, and it's actually German for "good health". So that actually works as a polite response to a sneeze for atheists.

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Although it apparently originated as a way of warding off the other person's ill health from oneself (like knocking on wood to drive away the little demons that live in trees), it is now generally accepted that one is wishing good health for the person who sneezed.
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Prosit, from the Latin meaning "to your benefit".

That's how we roll here in Scandinavia.

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Prosit, from the Latin meaning "to your benefit".

That's how we roll here in Scandinavia.

Yeah, but nobody in the English speaking world will know what it means. Gesundheit works, because it's actually a fairly common thing to say when someone sneezes in the US.

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Bless you, because i've said it throughout my whole life, nobody around me ever said god bless you, neither made sense to me, but that one even more so. It was just always something you say when someone sneezes to be nice, now that i think in depth about it, we are a very odd culture, why do we say anything when someone sneezes? Lol if anything shouldn't it be the person sneezing saying excuse me or something, like people think you should when you burp or fart. Imagine someone farts and we're expected to say bless you lol.
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Yeah, but nobody in the English speaking world will know what it means. Gesundheit works, because it's actually a fairly common thing to say when someone sneezes in the US.

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Oh, that matters little.

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I was raised to say "Gesundheit", but other than my sister and mother, I never hear anyone say it. I do hear "bless you" all the time, so I tend to say that. I'm not sure most Americans even know what Gesundheit means or has heard it spoken.

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like people think you should when you burp or fart. Imagine someone farts and we're expected to say bless you lol.

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Depending on who I'm with, I say either Bless you or, since I'm French, À tes souhaits (Loosely translated : To your wishes), and sometimes nothing.

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I was raised to say "Gesundheit", but other than my sister and mother, I never hear anyone say it. I do hear "bless you" all the time, so I tend to say that. I'm not sure most Americans even know what Gesundheit means or has heard it spoken.

I always thought of it as one of the possible standard responses to a sneeze, like "bless you" or "God bless you", just maybe a little less common. I think most Americans recognize and accept it, even if they don't know exactly what it means. Like I said, I had to look it up online.

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I typically don't say anything.
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"God Bless you" was originally the phrase, and it came about because people used to believe that sneezing released a person's soul, and by blessing them, their soul was safe from being snatched by the devil before it wandered back into their body. Its origin is religious, but its present usage is not inherently so. I say it.

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Elderly woman: *achooooooooo* *spews snot and spit all over my arm*

Me: Bless you. (Said entirely out of habit, even though I was completely disgusted.)

EW: Excuuuuse me? Who the H*LL do you think you are, missy? Only God up above has the right to bless me.

Me: Oh, I'm sorry. F*ck you, then.

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The moral of the story is I don't even respond when someone sneezes anymore unless it's family... now I say "gesundheit."
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When someone sneezes, I say nothing and I wish people would return the same to me.
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Elderly woman: *achooooooooo* *spews snot and spit all over my arm*

Me: Bless you. (Said entirely out of habit, even though I was completely disgusted.)

EW: Excuuuuse me? Who the H*LL do you think you are, missy? Only God up above has the right to bless me.

Me: Oh, I'm sorry. F*ck you, then.

EW:

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The moral of the story is I don't even respond when someone sneezes anymore unless it's family... now I say "gesundheit."

You should've stuck with your second response to the old lady for sneezing in general.

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I still say god, it's just a word to me, just like i say jesus christ. Shouldn't christians not be using the lords name during sex, isn't that like against their morals or something.
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I stopped saying anything 6 years ago for other reasons. But on the occasion I do, it's gesundheit.

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Yeah, but nobody in the English speaking world will know what it means. Gesundheit works, because it's actually a fairly common thing to say when someone sneezes in the US.

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I've heard prosit a few times. A couple years ago I went to look up all the different things people around the world say when someone sneezes, so I knew what that meant, but other people in the area looked at the person who said it with a big look. Hehe.


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When someone sneezes, I say nothing and I wish people would return the same to me.

Very same here. I don't like the attention that brings to me, even for a moment. I want to just sneeze and move on.

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Yeah, but nobody in the English speaking world will know what it means. Gesundheit works, because it's actually a fairly common thing to say when someone sneezes in the US.

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I've heard prosit a few times. A couple years ago I went to look up all the different things people around the world say when someone sneezes, so I knew what that meant, but other people in the area looked at the person who said it with a big look. Hehe.

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I was always taught that it's rude not to say anything when someone sneezes.

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