Saturday, June 23, 2012

What a silly thing to say…

Me: “Achoo!”
Person: “Bless you.”
Me: “…”
Person: “Arn’t you going to say “Thank you.”“
Me: “No. Why should I?”
Person: “Because it is polite.”
Me: “Can you tell me why it is polite?”
Person: “Um…because it is.”

Do you say anything when people sneeze? I was taught to say “bless you” when people sneeze, but at some point I started to wonder why. If you can guess, I no longer say it, but I do say “excuse me” when I sneeze. It seems like more of an interruption to other people to me, so that is why I say “excuse me.” The only reason people say it anymore is because it has been ingrained in us that it is the polite thing to do. When and how do outdated common courtesies fade away?

There are multiple possible origins for people saying “bless you”, dating back almost 2,000 years. At some point it was believed that when you sneezed, your soul was trying to escape and the saying would stop this from happening. Others believed that when you sneezed it opened your soul up for a demon to take over and the saying would ward off the evil spirit. Some people still believe that your heart stops when you sneeze; saying “Bless you” in this case was meant to welcome you back to life.

Bless you as we know it most likely originated from Pope Gregory I during the time of the bubonic plague. It was believed that sneezing was a sign of infection and blessing somebody was a common effort to halt the disease and protect ones self as well. Various other cultures also have sayings when people sneeze, almost always dealing with health. Gesundheit is German for “health”, Romans would say “Salve” which meant “good health to you.” These make more sense, but I still see no real reason to say them.

We know now that a sneeze is usually indicative of a cold or allergies. They can also be brought on by strong odors, particles in the nasal passages, and even exposure to bright lights. To me, this makes it even more silly to say “bless you”. If we say it for a bodily function like a sneeze, why not for a burp, cough, or even a fart?

What do you think? Do you say anything when somebody sneezes near you? Is there any reason to say it other than the fact that it is an old tradition? Do you think it will ever fade away? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
religiousragings:

atheistme:

sanityscraps:

sageoflogic:

somepolitics:

xjessicles:

mle92:

sparkly-nightmares:

daughter-of-smoke-and-bone:

ulooklikedeath:

evabraunn:

“I’m getting ready, he said flatly, I told ya’ll I wasn’t going home”
lol oh

“He looked at his watch.”
…

“It made me so nervous I nearly went crazy.”
Welp.

“MY MOTHERS VOICE SOUNDED A LITTLE DISTANCE AWAY, AND EVERYTHING IN THE ROOM WAS SLIGHTLY BLURRY.” -.-

Setting down to family life just wasn’t part of his plan.

“Forty-seven of them, those who could be reached by telephone, were scheduled for the experiment.”

“The British were only too pleased to co-operate.”
I can’t believe how well that worked out. I wasn’t expecting it to sound that cool given the book is Freedom Next Time.

Into the great Sacred Cenote, a well measuring some two hundred feet across at the mouth, victims (although infrequently the virgins so dear to modern tradition) were cast, along with jewels and other valuables, to appease the rain god.
—The Course of Mexican History, Meyer et al.

“She had the kind of fingers you want to interlace with your own.”
Hm.

Ironically, the closest book to me is a bible.
“Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the alter are of one piece, and overlay the alter with bronze.”
Guess my sex lifes gunna be a little kinky. 

Now consider a lump of matter smaller that 300,000 light years across.
…ummmm…is this saying my butt looks big, or her butt will look big, or what?  I need help understanding my sex life.  o.O

"I walked back to the house with my hammer tucked into a belt loop and my carpenter’s apron around my waist, its long pouch full of jingling nails."
Kinky.

religiousragings:

atheistme:

sanityscraps:

sageoflogic:

somepolitics:

xjessicles:

mle92:

sparkly-nightmares:

daughter-of-smoke-and-bone:

ulooklikedeath:

evabraunn:

“I’m getting ready, he said flatly, I told ya’ll I wasn’t going home”

lol oh

“He looked at his watch.”

“It made me so nervous I nearly went crazy.”

Welp.

“MY MOTHERS VOICE SOUNDED A LITTLE DISTANCE AWAY, AND EVERYTHING IN THE ROOM WAS SLIGHTLY BLURRY.” -.-

Setting down to family life just wasn’t part of his plan.

“Forty-seven of them, those who could be reached by telephone, were scheduled for the experiment.”

“The British were only too pleased to co-operate.”

I can’t believe how well that worked out. I wasn’t expecting it to sound that cool given the book is Freedom Next Time.

Into the great Sacred Cenote, a well measuring some two hundred feet across at the mouth, victims (although infrequently the virgins so dear to modern tradition) were cast, along with jewels and other valuables, to appease the rain god.

—The Course of Mexican History, Meyer et al.

“She had the kind of fingers you want to interlace with your own.”

Hm.

Ironically, the closest book to me is a bible.

“Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the alter are of one piece, and overlay the alter with bronze.”

Guess my sex lifes gunna be a little kinky. 

Now consider a lump of matter smaller that 300,000 light years across.

…ummmm…is this saying my butt looks big, or her butt will look big, or what?  I need help understanding my sex life.  o.O

"I walked back to the house with my hammer tucked into a belt loop and my carpenter’s apron around my waist, its long pouch full of jingling nails."

Kinky.

(Source: loveclaire)