When people Sneeze and other conundrums
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02-03-2011, 09:46 PM
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
Gazeundheit means "to your good health," so I say that because of the social stigma of saying nothing being considered "rude."

I sit back and patiently wait til their finished. I neither bow my head nor look at those who do.
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02-03-2011, 10:04 PM
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
1. I say "gesundheit" usually. Since my husband is German everyone just thinks I'm trying to be cute. I occasionally catch myself saying "bless you" out of habit, but try very hard not to. Sometimes I just don't say anything.

2. I have to sit through a whole food blessing thing once a week every week at our work staff meeting. I just look at the floor or pet the cat. Wink I sometimes wonder if anyone notices I'm the only one who doesn't say "amen". Tongue

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02-03-2011, 10:34 PM
 
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
I once said to someone who was having a severe rapid sneeze session in a crafts store: "Snot weasel!"
They were so oblivious to hearing something new that they said thank you before realizing what they actually heard. By then I was well out of sight, but not out of earshot so as to hear them remark; what the hell is snot weasel?
They missed the answer when they failed to realize their rapid sneezing fit stopped so that they could ask that. Tongue Works like a charm.

As to a serious answer regarding the OP, I don't hang up on "blessing" phrases at all. I've said well enough on occasion that I'm blessed, or it's a blessing. So saying, "Bless you" to someone sneezing isn't a big deal and it in no wise implies I'm theist. Besides, if someone thinks such phraseology commits me to faith, they're already proving they're not wise enough to move beyond the box so fuck 'em. Wink
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03-03-2011, 04:14 AM
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
1. I say bless you. Sometimes. Tongue I got out of the habit when I went to Japan, and now I'm learning to say it again. Tongue I don't have any personal qualms with saying "bless you".

2. I bow my head and wait for it to finish. I never say "amen" along with the group or nod my head afterwards (as it the custom where I'm from: Saying "amen" and nodding at the people around you), but give them their happy time. Sometimes I take their time to mentally thank all the people involved with the production of the food and remember where it came from. I tend to get something out of it myself that way. ^^

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03-03-2011, 11:14 AM
 
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
(03-03-2011 04:14 AM)ebilekittae Wrote:  2. I bow my head and wait for it to finish. I never say "amen" along with the group or nod my head afterwards (as it the custom where I'm from: Saying "amen" and nodding at the people around you), but give them their happy time. Sometimes I take their time to mentally thank all the people involved with the production of the food and remember where it came from. I tend to get something out of it myself that way. ^^

I do the same thing for the most part in situations like that. Though once, just to see what would happen, I said afterward; Ahwoman. The lady beside me tilted her head and gave a little smile. I figure, if it wasn't for Mary none of those folks would even be there.
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03-03-2011, 01:18 PM
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(02-03-2011 08:48 AM)FaceOfBoe Wrote:  Two questions. As non believers, what do you do when

1. People sneeze. Do you say "bless you", Gesundheit, or what. Or do you ignore it entirely.

Gesundheit, when I'm in a charitable mood, and because I'm German.
STFU, you disgusting snot mothership when I'm not.

Quote:2. At a public dinner where there is an invocation. Do you sit silently not praying, bow your head, or start eating while everyone is not looking.
Just wondering.

Sneeze on other people's food while they're not looking.

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03-03-2011, 02:34 PM
 
RE: When people Sneeze and other conundrums
(03-03-2011 01:18 PM)Kar98 Wrote:  
(02-03-2011 08:48 AM)FaceOfBoe Wrote:  Two questions. As non believers, what do you do when

1. People sneeze. Do you say "bless you", Gesundheit, or what. Or do you ignore it entirely.

Gesundheit, when I'm in a charitable mood, and because I'm German.
STFU, you disgusting snot mothership when I'm not.
[Image: 17.gif] Oh hell I gotta remember that one.

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Sneeze on other people's food while they're not looking.
By all that is digesting, I hope you're not employed as a cook. Undecided
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22-02-2012, 12:31 AM
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Reviving an old thread because I was just wondering the same thing...

Although I've been an atheist pretty much since I made my First Communion, I've always been a low-key atheist because I didn't want to stir the pot. However, lately I've had several friends and family members suddenly being more religious than usual which has caused me to be more outspoken in my anti-religious view.

1) As I sat in a crowded waiting room this past weekend waiting for my car to be fixed, there was a chorus of sneezes and I found myself saying "Bless You" out of habit. I will sometimes say "Gesundheit", but "Bless You" seems to be the phrase that slips out.

2) When occasionally put in the situation, I would bow my head and pretend (out of respect), though never saying "Amen". But back in 2005 I took a job where my boss (who was probably the most hypocritical Catholic I ever met) would tell us to fold our hands, bow our heads and pray (at meetings/events)...and I started resenting the fact that we were being forced to participate. So, I would still sit in silence, but refused to fold my hands or bow my head...I would just look around the room. I left that company 2 years ago so it was no longer an issue...

HOWEVER, my sister-in-law and her husband (and kids) have suddenly "found God"...and everyone got a Bible for Christmas. They are all "God is great, pray for this, bless that" and saying Grace at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And it's not a simple fold your hands and bow your head...it's hold each other's hands. I have two problems with that....1) It would force me to participate more than I'd really care to and 2) I don't want to touch other people's hands right before I eat, that's just gross. Undecided
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22-02-2012, 01:56 AM
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1. I like to get back to the origins of the expression. I think that at the time of the 17 century plagues, the religios said "may god bless you" and as there were more religios around at the time, that phrase caught on.
Nowadays when someone sneezes I like to say what the non-religios of the 17th century said which was...
"FUCK FUCK FUCK GET AWAY FROM ME! EVERYONE WATCH OUT! THIS TWAT'S GOT THE FUCKING BUBONIC PLAGUE!" or words to that effect.

2. I whistle "Always look on the bright side of life" from Life of Brian.
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22-02-2012, 02:00 AM
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(02-03-2011 08:48 AM)FaceOfBoe Wrote:  Two questions. As non believers, what do you do when

1. People sneeze. Do you say "bless you", Gesundheit, or what. Or do you ignore it entirely.

2. At a public dinner where there is an invocation. Do you sit silently not praying, bow your head, or start eating while everyone is not looking.

Just wondering.

1.Well in Slovak,this phrase has nothing to do with god.
In free translation it would be ''for your good health''
2.I wait 'till they finish their praying,not doing anything.
I wouldn't bow my head nor stick my hands together.

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