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  1. i've always wondered why...

    #288282012-06-07 19:23:08kuraihikari said:

    ive always wondered why people only say "bless you" when you sneeze, but not when you cough. anyone know? and post random things that uve always wondered why about. (trolls are welcome.)

  2. #288342012-06-07 19:48:41loploplopl said:

    What I heard when I was younger is that when you sneezed, that means a part of the devil has just entered you and that people say bless you to push the devil out of you body. I also heard that coughing usually means someone is choking or was a smoker and they sinned so god is ready to take them from this world. (my pastor told me the stories)

  3. #288352012-06-07 19:48:49momo said:

    Proper answer:

    In various pagan cultures, it was believed that when you sneezed, you exposed a bit of your soul. People would say "bless you" to keep evil spirits from attacking you.

  4. #288482012-06-07 21:14:36 *Noodle said:

    Wow. "Prosit" is what we say in Sweden and I don't even know what it means.

    Edit: It's Latin, as I suspected. It literally means "benefit" which is lame.

  5. #288712012-06-08 00:33:17eterno said:

    Hmm... this is just what I think but, since every culture got their own response when a person sneezes, it could be that the practice goes all the way back.

    I bet the origin goes like this:

    Cavemen 1: Achoo! Cavemen 2: (shit his pants)

    So, they invented a ritual to prevent soiled pants (or animal skins, or leaves, or the floor, etc.)

    Okay, I made that up. But I was surprised that sneezing actually does have something to do with soiling your pants.


    Urinary stress incontinence occurs when an activity, such as coughing or sneezing, causes a small amount of urine to leak from the urethra, which is the tube urine passes through. Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence suffered by women, especially older women. In addition, women who have given birth are more likely to have stress incontinence.

    Perhaps the origin could be in order to prevent "accidents" when sneezing :)

  6. #288932012-06-08 06:08:49Ecstasy said:

    it's "будь здоров" (bud' zdorov) or "будьте здоровы" (bud'te zdorovi) here, meaning "stay healthy" and implying "I wish you to be healthy". @TokoyamiSenshi reminds me of russian "на здоровье" (na zdorov'e), exept we use it as "you're welcome" :D

  7. #291342012-06-10 22:34:08Glorya said:

    I learned that it was because of the plague. Sneezing was one of the symptoms and people would say "bless you" because you were going to die soon.

  8. #291412012-06-11 01:28:01 *Momimochi said:

    Chinese people.... I don't think we say any specific follow-ups to that. Well, the person who sneezed would say "不好意思" or something which just means "Pardon/Excuse me". But even if we do say something after another person sneezes, it's so rarely used that even my grandmother doesn't know it.

    Then again, casually, we'd say something like “你病啦?” (Are you sick?) or “哎喲!” [exclamation kind of thing] or “你怎麼啦?” (What's wrong [Really meaning: "Are you sick?/Do you have a cold?"]). Yeah. And if you sneeze next to some old person you don't know or something, they would most likely say something like “離他遠點” (Don't get too close to him/her) and start ushering their friends and family members away. Though that's more from experience than anything else. :/

  9. #291432012-06-11 02:07:18megumi-tan said:

    a long time ago people thought when someone sneezes they are pushing out bad spirits or demons. so they said " Bless you."