Welcome to the Free Talk Live bulletin board system!
This board is closed to new users and new posts.  Thank you to all our great mods and users over the years.  Details here.
185859 Posts in 9829 Topics by 1371 Members
Latest Member: cjt26
Home Help
+  The Free Talk Live BBS
|-+  Free Talk Live
| |-+  The Polling Pit
| | |-+  What do you say when someone sneezes?

Poll

What do you most often say when someone sneezes?

"Bless you"
- 11 (20.4%)
"God bless you"
- 2 (3.7%)
"Gesundheit"
- 10 (18.5%)
"Alhamdulillah"
- 1 (1.9%)
"If you sneeze in my direction again I'll fucking sue!"
- 1 (1.9%)
"Screw the government!"
- 3 (5.6%)
Something else - English
- 7 (13%)
Something else - other language
- 1 (1.9%)
Never say anything
- 18 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 47


Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Down

Author Topic: What do you say when someone sneezes?  (Read 16120 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

AL the Inconspicuous

  • Guest
What do you say when someone sneezes?
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:10:05 AM »

I got in the habit of saying "gesundheit" during my militant atheist days, thinking that wishing someone "good health" was a fairly rational thing to do in that circumstance.  Do people still say that?  Does it come off as too Jewy or what?  Also, when people say "(God) bless you", does that come off as too pushy preachy religious?  :roll:


(Hey, not that it matters, but I'm contractually obligated to flood the Polling Pit with stupid polls every so often.)
« Last Edit: February 02, 2010, 07:15:10 AM by Alex Libman »
Logged

The ghost of a ghost of a ghost

  • Owned by Brasky. Deal with it.
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1026
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 10:13:47 AM »

The Mexicans have a funny saying I use.  They say Sancho to men and Sancha to women.
It's meant to imply the reason you are sneezing is b/c Sancho is with your woman, or Sancha is with your man.

When people tell me God bless you, I sometimes respond, "I don't need any god damn blessings, but thank you for caring." 

I guess it really depends on the person as to what I say.

I hear atheists sometimes say "bless you" out of habit.
Logged

gibson042

  • Non-Aggression Principal since 2006
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 948
    • View Profile
    • gibson.mp
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 02:23:43 PM »

I got in the habit of saying "gesundheit" during my militant atheist days, thinking that wishing someone "good health" was a fairly rational thing to do in that circumstance.

I use Gesundheit for the same reason. And I say "farewell" and "so long" more than most, but finally gave up on finding a universal alternative to "bye" (etymologically descended from "God be with ye"). Ultimately, a secular practice derived from a previously religious one is no less secular.
Logged
"WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO" —Rillion

Robin

  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 469
  • I may be a bastard, but I'm not a fucking bastard.
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 02:56:48 PM »

Everyone here says Gesundheit...
Logged
But now I'm on a mission to mend. Everything that broke and make it glisten again. Strip down, redesign, construct, and improve. While the rest procrastinate I'll be making my move.

davann

  • Guest
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010, 02:59:51 PM »

I say "bless you". "Screw the government!" sounds good. Think I will switch.
Logged

Harry Tuttle

  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2106
  • Please don't feed the elitists
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2010, 03:04:34 PM »

I say "Salud!" (health in Spanish). At least it doesn't seem superstitious. It actually seems relevant. Given the fact that I'm around Spanish-speakers all of the time it is more acceptable.

I think it is a silly tradition. When someone's allergies are going crazy I wish I could just leave them in peace, but I don't want to be labeled anti-social. Indeed, if I am sneezing, I prefer to be left alone and not have to return a "thank you". If I am friendly enough with certain people who feel as I do, we just agree not to bother each other.

Belches, farts, yawns, and hiccups are also involuntary outbursts. Why don't we "bless people for that". Well, okay, sometimes I do bless myself for a good belch.  8)
Logged
"If you're giving up your freedom to have freedom you don't have freedom, dummy."              - Mark Edge (10/11/08 show)

gibson042

  • Non-Aggression Principal since 2006
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 948
    • View Profile
    • gibson.mp
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 03:10:00 PM »

Everyone here says Gesundheit...

Natürlich, Frl.
Logged
"WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO" —Rillion

gibson042

  • Non-Aggression Principal since 2006
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 948
    • View Profile
    • gibson.mp
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 03:11:11 PM »

And YOU:
Belches, farts, yawns, and hiccups are also involuntary outbursts. Why don't we "bless people for that".

Please don't try to expand the domain of an already silly custom!
Logged
"WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO" —Rillion

KDus

  • Democracy=fraud
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 433
  • Money
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010, 04:52:39 PM »

I don't have the power to bless any one, nor do I believe they can command a god to do so. If they DO have the power to bless others, why reserve it for something as trivial as a sneeze?
Logged
Liberate America!

anarchir

  • Extraordinaire
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5103
  • No victim, no crime.
    • View Profile
    • Prepared Security
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010, 05:21:15 PM »

Everyone around here says "bless you" but when I'm in the middle of sneezing ten times  in a row I just want to tell them "STFU I'm not done yet!"
Logged
Good people disobey bad laws.
PreparedSecurity.com - Modern security and preparedness for the 21st century.
 [img width= height= alt=Prepared Security]http://www.prepareddesign.com/uploads/4/4/3/6/4436847/1636340_orig.png[/img]

Rillion

  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 6804
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2010, 05:23:55 PM »

I bless people.  Not in God's name, in my name.  If it has no effect, it's because they don't believe. 
Logged

Harry Tuttle

  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2106
  • Please don't feed the elitists
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2010, 12:48:08 AM »

I was really hoping the Sienfeld's idea would catch on. "You are sooooo good looking".
Logged
"If you're giving up your freedom to have freedom you don't have freedom, dummy."              - Mark Edge (10/11/08 show)

Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith)

  • A Cut Above The Rest
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 8299
  • If government is the answer, the question is stupi
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2010, 12:53:22 AM »

I say "kerbleshu" lol.  Or nothing at all.  I hate when people tell me "bless you" or something because then I have to interrupt my sneezing and say "thanks" and saying "thanks" seems kinda awkward to me.

Hell I sneezed a few times, who cares?
Logged
"Do not throw rocks at people with guns." —Hastings' Third Law
"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today." —Herman Wouk 

"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

rookie

  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 936
  • THIS DESIGN IS A CLASSIC!
    • View Profile
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2010, 03:50:01 AM »

I don't have the power to bless any one, nor do I believe they can command a god to do so. If they DO have the power to bless others, why reserve it for something as trivial as a sneeze?


why are you such a prick!?




I decided today that it's fun to say  "bless you" when someone burps too.  I also recall once having said, "god-damn you" to sneezy friend who absent-mindedly thanked me afterward :P
Logged
Do yourself a favor.

AL the Inconspicuous

  • Guest
Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2010, 07:18:27 AM »

Oh shoot, there was a similar thread about Atheists and Sneezes.  My bad - I forgot that I participated in it, and I must have spelled "gesundheit" wrong when I searched and didn't notice.  I'm going to cover my accidental hypocrisy here (I always advocate trying to revive existing threads instead of starting new ones) by steering the conversation in an original direction...  How about...

What would people say when someone sneezes in a 100% enlightened government-free Utopia?

Maybe they'd just silently reach for their smartphone, use the camera face recognition to quickly open that person's reputation wiki page, and add something like "doesn't cover her mouth when sneezing in public".  That would make the food at Taco Bell just a little bit safer, I guess.  :lol:
« Last Edit: February 03, 2010, 07:21:47 AM by Alex Libman »
Logged
Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Up
+  The Free Talk Live BBS
|-+  Free Talk Live
| |-+  The Polling Pit
| | |-+  What do you say when someone sneezes?

// ]]>

Page created in 0.033 seconds with 37 queries.