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Major pet peeve: Bless you! after I sneeze

Posted: 8/20/2014 10:50 PM

Major pet peeve: Bless you! after I sneeze 


Why does everybody consider this a courtesy to bless me after I sneeze?  When I dont acknowledge their blessing, I'm then considered rude.  I especially find it annoying when total strangers bless me after a sneeze.  

I assume everybody knows the superstitious origins of "bless you" so why do folks continue to do this?
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Posted: 8/20/2014 11:02 PM

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It's even more annoying to not be the bigger man and let it go, since they don't know about your aversions and are only trying to be helpful
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Posted: 8/20/2014 11:12 PM

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TBuzz wrote: It's even more annoying to not be the bigger man and let it go, since they don't know about your aversions and are only trying to be helpful
But that is my annoyance... how is this helpful?  How do they think they are helping me by blessing me after a sneeze?
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Posted: 8/20/2014 11:14 PM

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Nobody thinks about the origins of "bless you" except we few who spend too much time on the message boards.  The people who say those words to you have trained themselves (or have been trained) to immediately offer empathy to someone who has just suffered a traumatic nasal explosion.

You could give a slight nod in appreciation of the stranger's intent, ignoring the actual words that you find inappropriate.  Then nobody would think that you are rude (because you would not be).

For people you know, you could gently remind them that you don't appreciate the way they express their concern.  But the words are probably already out of their mouths by reflex before they have time to remember your uncommon preference.
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Posted: 8/20/2014 11:37 PM

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Bless your heart.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 12:22 AM

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ParkinJacket wrote: Bless your heart.
Oh man, now thats just funny.  tongue
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Posted: 8/21/2014 12:45 AM

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I'm annoyed by the opposite more. Someone sneezes and I'm supposed to say "Bless you" - if I don't then they think I'm being rude, if I do it just awkward.

I now say gesundheit, most people don't know what it means and they think its funny. I'm thinking about switching to shazbot.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 1:25 AM

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I've given the Hungarian blessing "egészségedre" and watch the bewilderment

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I'm annoyed by the opposite more. Someone sneezes and I'm supposed to say "Bless you" - if I don't then they think I'm being rude, if I do it just awkward.

I now say gesundheit, most people don't know what it means and they think its funny. I'm thinking about switching to shazbot.

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Posted: 8/21/2014 1:35 AM

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The phrase "bless you " has its roots in the middle ages when a sneeze was seen as a symptom of the plague. Whoever the Pope was in those days decreed that the phrase " God Bless You " be used as additional prayer for those who would die from the plague.

What it all boils down to is that whoever "blessed you" was hoping you would not contract the bubonic plague. I think that is rather nice of them.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 6:41 AM

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Yeah, people displaying little bits of kindness annoy the heck out of me too.  Especially when they hold the door open, say "good morning," or tell me they hope I feel better when I'm sick.  rolleyes

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Posted: 8/21/2014 6:58 AM

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Posted: 8/21/2014 7:08 AM

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People can be real jerks.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 7:19 AM

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PJLazy wrote: Yeah, people displaying little bits of kindness annoy the heck out of me too.  Especially when they hold the door open, say "good morning," or tell me they hope I feel better when I'm sick.  rolleyes
You see, holding the door open is nice and can be very helpful if my hands are full.  Greeting me in the morning acknowledges my presence and thus is considered a courtesy.  Saying I hope I feel better when Im sick is an expected emotional response of empathy from someone I know.  

Saying "bless you" is not being nice to me.  It's not saying anything other than "I hope your soul didnt leave your body in that sneeze"  or "I hope you dont catch the plague".  This is what I dont understand.  Society has forced us into considering this a courtesy when in fact it serves no purpose.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 8:14 AM

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Well, it's better than 'F you'.  How would you like to hear that after every sneeze? tonguewink

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Posted: 8/21/2014 8:27 AM

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how about, "You are so good looking", instead?
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Posted: 8/21/2014 8:28 AM

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Youre soooooo good looking  (touché...I was 1 minute too slow fellow Seinfeldian)

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Posted: 8/21/2014 9:29 AM

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TampaBayJacket wrote:
PJLazy wrote: Yeah, people displaying little bits of kindness annoy the heck out of me too.  Especially when they hold the door open, say "good morning," or tell me they hope I feel better when I'm sick.  rolleyes
You see, holding the door open is nice and can be very helpful if my hands are full.  Greeting me in the morning acknowledges my presence and thus is considered a courtesy.  Saying I hope I feel better when Im sick is an expected emotional response of empathy from someone I know.  

Saying "bless you" is not being nice to me.  It's not saying anything other than "I hope your soul didnt leave your body in that sneeze"  or "I hope you dont catch the plague".  This is what I dont understand.  Society has forced us into considering this a courtesy when in fact it serves no purpose.

Seriously, you'd rather they use an inordinately long phrase "I hope you feel better" than utter two syllables?  That's just stupid.

p.s. not to mention, to your original point, sneezing isn't a matter of not feeling well.  So, I have a hard time comprehending how using a more complicated phrase to say essentially the same thing addresses your concern.

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Posted: 8/21/2014 9:47 AM

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Posted: 8/21/2014 10:02 AM

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TampaBayJacket wrote:

Saying "bless you" is not being nice to me.  It's not saying anything other than "I hope your soul didnt leave your body in that sneeze"  or "I hope you dont catch the plague".  This is what I dont understand.  Society has forced us into considering this a courtesy when in fact it serves no purpose.
I did not know this. I say, "Bless you" to express my forgiveness to the person for invading my personal space with their germs exploding out of their body. I would prefer for the sneezing person to say, "Excuse me," but most people are too concerned with cleaning the body fluids from their face to do that.
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Posted: 8/21/2014 10:05 AM

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Or you could just grow a sack and stop being so easily offended...
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