(For our religious nut in the audience, please affix “By Someone Other Than A Minister or Clergyperson” after the Bless You bit. Thanks.)
Saying “Bless You” after someone sneezes is a long-held tradition, from the times where humanity thought that sneezing could allow a soul to escape, or that the act was incapacitating enough for The Devil™ to sneak in and possess you.
Even though we (hopefully) know better by now, we still use this simple phrase after someone forcefully excretes nose goodies. But, there are situations where we, either innocently or just for laughs, misuse the phrase:
- Coughing – Maybe that last one just exploded out of you. That surprised look on your face isn’t helping, and is likely to garner some accidental well-wishing.
- Farting – Maybe that last one just exploded out of you. That surprised look on your face isn’t helping, and…oh. Still, trapping it against that chair certainly made an interesting noise, and all the blessings you’re receiving only help to draw attention to your reddening face and dissipating stench.
- Almost Sneezing – Head tilted back, you constantly inhale in expectation of an upcoming nose-splosion. Someone’s paying way too much attention to you, as they jump the gun and bless you before anything happens. Especially odd when the sneeze dives back into hiding.
- Chewing Something – I don’t know if your mouth was open, or a whistle squeaked out, or what, but someone’s taken your mastication in the wrong way.
It’s reassuring to know that someone’s concerned for you after such a small act as sneezing. But during other things? Not so comforting.
Let Being Told “Bless You” After You’ve Done Something Other Than Sneeze Die
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