Ahhh..ahhhh..ahchooo....Bless You!

United States
October 2, 2008 6:54am CST
For as long as I can remember, whenever someone would sneeze, someone in the vicinity would eventually say "bless you", didn't matter if it was a family member, friend, or stranger they had walked passed on the street or inside a store. I have often wondered why we do this and where this 'tradition' originated from. Yes I know I can very well look this up on Google or one of the other various search engines littered across the internet and probably come up with a billion different websites all trying to communicate the same ideology in their own different ways, but thought it would be fun to see what the MyLot community could come with. So, do you know why we say "bless you" when someone sneezes? Where did it originate from? While we're at it, if you say something different, why do you say it or where did the origins of your "phrase" come from?
4 responses
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Oct 08
Hi Jeweledbluerose, Where I come from in the UK we were told never to say thank you as a sneeze is to sneeze the devil and demons out and if we say thank you we accept them back in. Don't know where it originated from though. Huggles. Ellie :D
2 Oct 08
Yeah it does come from the believe that evil can enter your soul during a sneeze. For some reason as a child I always said "Blesh you" though and it was only when I became an adult that people started to question why and I have no idea. I can only presume that I was never corrected as a child and now it is habit.
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
I think it came from the ancient believe that when we sneeze, our heart stops beating for some nanoseconds and they will say "bless you" since are heart are back to working normal again. Of course, in modern age, this was considered as a fallacy many times.
@punkix (658)
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
the truth behind that is, when you sneeze, your heart actully skips a beat and the reason why people would say "God Bless You" so that the heart will go back to the normal beating and you won't die.