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To: ari-freedom
...I said it was a bit too much...

Sometimes people sneeze 3, 5 and even a dozen times in a row. IMHO it is ridiculous to say "Bless you" or "God bless you" after each sneeze, yet that doesn't amount to banning these phrases.

I don't know what started this habit of asking a blessing for a sneezer, but doesn't it seem silly? It would make more sense to say it when someone coughs, and even then it's not necessary. Maybe we do it for superstitious reasons!

12 posted on 10/02/2011 10:00:35 PM PDT by IIntense
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To: IIntense

“I don’t know what started this habit of asking a blessing for a sneezer, but doesn’t it seem silly? It would make more sense to say it when someone coughs, and even then it’s not necessary. Maybe we do it for superstitious reasons!.”

One day we will wish we had more blessings so let’s count all the blessings we’ve already got.


14 posted on 10/02/2011 10:05:32 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: IIntense

A person’s heart stops momentarily when they sneeze; that’s why we say “Bless you” after someone sneezes. It is indeed a blessing that their heart has started beating again.

Personally, being a serial sneezer myself around allergy season, I only say “Bless you” when I’m fairly certain the other person’s done. Otherwise it does get a bit annoying.


17 posted on 10/02/2011 10:10:17 PM PDT by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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