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I watched a short English video the other day. In the video, after the boy sneezed, the girl said Bless You to him. Did you say that when someone sneezes or coughs? Why did you say that? Thanks for your explanation in advance. :)

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Culture

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    It's very common. It comes from the idea that if you sneeze you are getting sick, so people say "God bless you" or just "bless you" to ward off the illness. Sometimes we also say 'gesundheit' which is a German word meaning "health".

    We don't say it for coughs, only sneezes.

     

    'Bless you' I believe has a Christian meaning which I can remember. It may have something to do with asking 'the god' to bless the person sneezing. There are many Christian and Biblical references in English.

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