What to say instead of God bless you when someone sneezes?
2 Answers. The most common alternative response that I’m aware of, especially in American English, is “Gesundheit!“. Gesundheit! is borrowed from German, and literally means “Health!”. Actually “Bless you!” (often uttered as “bleshoo”) can be considered as the secular (or neutral) version of “God bless you!”.
What does God bless you mean when sneezing?
The most popular theory is that it originated in Rome when the bubonic plague was ravaging Europe. Sneezing was one the plague’s main symptoms, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I suggested that a tiny prayer in the form of saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze would protect the person from death.
Why shouldn’t you say bless you?
When people don’t say bless you, we begin to suspect they don’t care about our well-being. As etiquette columnist Miss Manners once observed, it’s considered more rude for people getting hit with snot shrapnel to bypass the bless you than it is for the person detonating the germ bombs to fail to say excuse me.
Is it politically correct to say bless you?
So, the next time you see or hear someone sneeze, whether from behind a mask in your local supermarket or face to face with your family and loved ones, don’t worry about being politically correct, or politically incorrect, or offending someone’s faith or secular convictions. Simply say, Bless you.
What do you say when someone sneezes?
In English-speaking countries, the common verbal response to another person’s sneeze is “bless you“, or, less commonly in the United States and Canada, “Gesundheit”, the German word for health (and the response to sneezing in German-speaking countries).
What do you say instead of bless you when someone coughs?
Verbally, “Are you OK, pal?” might suffice.
What’s another way of saying bless you?
What is another word for bless you?
|thank you kindly||many thanks|
|much obliged||thanks very much|
|nice one||thanks a million|
When someone says God bless you what does that mean?
God bless (you)!
said when saying goodbye to someone, to say that you hope good things will happen to them : Good night everyone, and God bless. said when someone sneezes, to say that you hope they have good health: “Achoo!” “God bless you.”
Is it true that your heart stops when you sneeze?
When you sneeze, the intrathoracic pressure in your body momentarily increases. This will decrease the blood flow back to the heart. The heart compensates for this by changing its regular heart beat momentarily to adjust. However, the electrical activity of the heart does not stop during the sneeze.
What do you reply to God bless you?
“God Bless You”
- Thank you!
- Thank you for your kind wishes.
- I appreciate the sentiment.
- Thank you for your good wishes.
- Thanks for your sentiment!
- I appreciate that.