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mjotab
Spain

sneeze
 
Do you know if it is common to say "bless you" when someone sneezes?

3 Jun 2009      



Cyn.
Argentina

I always say so...
Hopefully it is common!
See you,
Cyn

3 Jun 2009     



marta v
Serbia

I always say that!

3 Jun 2009     



jecika
Serbia

Bless you!
or
Gesundheit!

3 Jun 2009     



Nabila Manzur
Argentina

We say Bless you too. :)

3 Jun 2009     



eng789
Israel

I also say      Bless you.
 
 
Doesn īt     -  Gesundheit!   mean be well????

3 Jun 2009     



cgato
Portugal

I also say it!!

3 Jun 2009     



Isabelucha
Portugal

I always say "Bless you!". I even taught that to my 5 year old son yesterday! LOL 

3 Jun 2009     



douglas
United States

Yes we say "bless you" (or Gesundheit, which means health)
 
But there is currently a movement starting where people think it is more polite not to say anything when someone sneezes--the logic is that by saying something you are bring more attention to an already embarrassing situation.
 
--I still say "bless you"  Smile

3 Jun 2009     



moravc
Czech Republic

I was told to say "Bless you!"

I have read this info : the origin of this phrase may date back to Middle Ages when sneezing could mean severe infection / plague that might kill the man who had sneezed...
So it might be shorthened expression of "GOD bless you!"
= may God help you to overcome the cold / flue / infection / plague...

3 Jun 2009     



ballycastle1
United Kingdom

It īs certainly a common enough expression in the UK, although it would be heard more frequently in some regions than others. 

3 Jun 2009     

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