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6th-Jun-2011 09:04 pm
important issue
How come we all turn our attention to a person who sneezes, but when someone belches or passes gas, we all pretend nothing has happened? You don't have to answer that, but here's a poll about sneezing.

Poll #1749687 Sneeze Poll

When somebody sneezes, how do you typically respond?

Bless you/God bless you
47(55.3%)
Gesundheit
18(21.2%)
Salud
0(0.0%)
You are so good looking
2(2.4%)
Oh my goodness
1(1.2%)
- Nothing -
16(18.8%)
Something else (see next question)
1(1.2%)

If something else, what do you generally say when someone nearby sneezes?

If you sneeze and nobody nearby says anything, how do you feel?

Offended
8(7.5%)
Apathetic
41(38.7%)
Glad not to be noticed
32(30.2%)
That the nearby people are impolite/do not possess manners
19(17.9%)
Embarrassed
6(5.7%)
I'm sure I've left out several terrific options, but I'm tired, and I have a tickle in my nose anddddd...ACHOOOOO! ... Excuse me!
Comments 
7th-Jun-2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I used to say "Gesundheit" until one gal told me it offended her. Apparently, she learned that it means something akin to devil worship. O_o Okay, whatever. I've just been saying "Bless you" from now on because I don't want to risk offending anyone else.
7th-Jun-2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Haha, I feel odd saying "bless you" because it has that hint of religion in it. I do it, but it feels strange every time. I thought "gesundheit" meant "to your health" or something.

There will always be someone offended by anything, I think.
7th-Jun-2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I sometimes will say "Gesundheit" but often I feel like I'll trip over the word so I go with "Bless you", and if someone sneezes multiple times I'll just repeat "bless you" as many times as necessary.
7th-Jun-2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Here's an extra poll question: do you sneeze when the light changes? I do. If I walk into a room that's brightly lit after being in no light, I'll sneeze. It happens every night when I turn my TV off and go to bed, too. :/
10th-Jun-2011 09:08 am (UTC)
Thats because those two nerve (the light and the sneeze nerve) are close together and the sparks jumps over causing you to sneeze. (true really)
7th-Jun-2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I say "gesundheit" because a) I have German heritage and we've always said that and b) since I am not religious in the least I try to avoid saying "god" in any context.

Also if I sneeze and nobody says anything it doesn't really bother me, and that is not an option. :( Apathy is too strong of an emotion for how I feel.
7th-Jun-2011 11:45 am (UTC)
I guess there may be some connotation, but I think the definition of apathy (according to Merriam Webster, if you believe those blastards) is: lack of feeling or emotion. That's why I threw that one in.

I wish in our country we had a custom of saying "to your health" like most other countries say. I mean, if we have to acknowledge sneezing. It seems like if I don't, other people (in professional situations) think I'm impolite. Karen even goes to other people's offices when she hears them sneeze, just to "bless" them!

Edited at 2011-06-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
7th-Jun-2011 04:41 am (UTC)
I don't think people not saying anything is worth getting offended over... also, I say "bless you" out of habit but I think it's a silly custom because I don't believe people sneeze their souls out of their nostrils and have to be blessed.
7th-Jun-2011 06:32 am (UTC)
It's just a sneeze, ffs. I don't say anything and don't expect people to say anything. In fact, I get offended when a "friend" says "god bless you" because she KNOWS I'm an atheist and I've told her before I don't need "god" to "bless me".
7th-Jun-2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I'm always kind of ticked right back at atheists with that opinion. It's just an expression that's more habit than anything else. No one actually thinks sneezes are a demon and your soul duking it out for control of your body anymore, they're just trying to be polite and the "god" part is just sort of an automatic part of the idiom.
7th-Jun-2011 11:15 am (UTC)
First question needs ticky boxes: I say "bless you" to people I know are religious, "salud" a los hispanohablantes, and "gesundheit" to everyone else.

I don't get offended when people don't say anything, though.

Edited at 2011-06-07 11:15 am (UTC)
9th-Jun-2011 06:22 am (UTC)
También digo "salud, dinero, amor" a veces ^_^
7th-Jun-2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
I used to say, "God bless you," but then when I was thirteen or fourteen, I said that to a Muslim kid and he got offended, so I switched to "Gesundheit", but that's a mouthful, so now I say, "Goodness!" No complaints so far.
7th-Jun-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
MY MIL SAYS "OH MY GOODNESS." I was wondering if this was a regional thing, or if she made this up. Honestly, that was my whole inspiration behind the poll.
7th-Jun-2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I use Gesumdheit and Bless You interchangeably.

I said 'offended' when someone doesn't say it to me, but that's only around my family, where it is SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE SAY. If I'm out with friends, or at dinner, or at church, I don't really care.
7th-Jun-2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I like to be acknowledged to. Z grew up in a family that didn't really acknowledge, other than his mother saying, "Oh my goodness!" My family ALWAYS said "bless you," even though we were extremely secular and "bless you" means nothing really than a formality. The whole sneezing/acknowledgment thing is kind of strange when I think about it. So maybe I shouldn't.
7th-Jun-2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
We Germans sometimes wish sneezing people 'Reichtum' (wealth) or 'Schönheit' (beauty) instead of Gesundheit.

Maybe you don't ignore it because it's a sign of illness?
7th-Jun-2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
That is a good point about illness, although I do not do anything when somebody coughs or blows their nose or any other symptom.
7th-Jun-2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
My brother (athiest, btw) will say "Bless me" when he sneezes. He'll say it in the same tone one might say "Excuse me".
7th-Jun-2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
That is CUTE!
8th-Jun-2011 02:35 am (UTC)
It's usually Bless You. Sometimes I don't say anything, and I don't care if anyone says anything to me.
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