Do you always say ‘bless you’ or some kind of salutation when someone around you

United States
March 30, 2007 11:59am CST
I always feel weird because there are constantly people in our office sneezing and I end up saying ‘bless you’ over everyone in the office. It’s funny cause I’ll end up shouting it across the office to our receptionist or something. Even on trains to work, or on planes or public places like restaurants, I make a point to say it. Do you always make it a point to say something when someone sneezes?
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I have noticed over the years I do say this to almost everyone when I am within earshot of hearing them sneeze. I have no idea where I picked this up from unless it was always said to me and I in turn felt it was the correct or polite thing to do. now it seems it is a must for me, like saying excuse me or Thank you. I looked up the history of this because you intrigued me and this is what I found. This saying came from Pope gregory as a real blessing in hopes of anyone sneezing did not catch the plague. Many cultures, even some in Europe, believe that sneezing expels the soul--the "breath of life"--from the body. That doesn't seem too far-fetched when you realize that sneezing can send tiny particles speeding out of your nose at up to 100 miles per hour!
• United States
30 Mar 07
I'm gonna have to remember that tidbit about particles the next time someone sneezes around me and not covering their mouth... Thanks for looking it up, I was actually going to make that one of my next discussions, but you beat me to it. I was really curious about the origins as well. Thanks for your response!