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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%)

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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2010, 09:21:27 AM »

My atheist friend doesn't say anyone when someone sneezes.

I say nothing either, because it's a sneeze, not the end of the world.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2010, 12:05:55 PM »

I got a new one that I plan on using. "Sternu Diem" or "Sternut Diem". I never took latin but I think that roughly translates to "Sneeze the day". A fun play on words across languages.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2010, 02:23:05 PM »

I say cover your fucking nose.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2010, 04:28:14 PM »

"Begone demons!"
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2010, 01:09:12 PM »

What would you prefer I say "Hail Satan" or "give the germs to someone who is immunocompromised like a cancer or transplant patient"?  Those are nice happy thoughts.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2010, 09:07:19 AM »

I've thought about this, and realized that I don't say anything. Oh, maybe if they say something such as "Sorry," I might respond with "It must be allergies."
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2010, 05:34:53 PM »

Generally I say nothing. I was raised in a nonreligious household and saying "bless you" was never taught to me.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2010, 07:03:49 PM »

Just a note... technically Muslims say "Alhamdullilah" when they sneeze. When someone else sneezes we say, "Yarhamukallah" (may God have mercy on you).
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2010, 07:10:36 PM »

"Begone demons!"

I used to actually say "BACK SATAN!" If you get the timing and delivery just right you can get a person to laugh before they finish recovering from the sneeze. It can cause a weird grid lock in their nose.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2010, 11:57:53 PM »

I dont say anything, unless I think they're ill for real. I once saw someone sneeze and have the sneeze turn into a seizure. Personally I sneeze a lot due to allergies so I've always felt it awkward to say anything. If I'm sneezing 12 times in a row I dont need someone mentioning it every single time I take a breath to recover.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2010, 12:07:52 AM »

"Need a towel?"

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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2010, 12:25:55 AM »

I dont say anything, unless I think they're ill for real. I once saw someone sneeze and have the sneeze turn into a seizure. Personally I sneeze a lot due to allergies so I've always felt it awkward to say anything. If I'm sneezing 12 times in a row I dont need someone mentioning it every single time I take a breath to recover.

Yeah, this bugs me too. Most people expect an acknowledgement of their blessing, and I'm in the middle of an allergy-induced sneezing fit.
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2010, 05:17:20 AM »

I say, "Ah Ha, now I have your soul, muhwahhahaha!"
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2010, 10:16:48 PM »

This whole "god bless you" thing is used by Christians to try and get atheists to acknowledge some sort of unconscious acceptance of a deity. On another podcast, I heard an atheist counter this with, "Look, just because you call the day Thursday doesn't mean you believe in the old Norse gods."
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Re: What do you say when someone sneezes?
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2010, 12:06:57 AM »

This whole "god bless you" thing is used by Christians to try and get atheists to acknowledge some sort of unconscious acceptance of a deity. On another podcast, I heard an atheist counter this with, "Look, just because you call the day Thursday doesn't mean you believe in the old Norse gods."

Do you really think that? In certain company I will say "bless you" as not to be socially akward, but then I feel like I'm helping to perpetuate the myth.
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