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    I don't like saying "bless you/God bless you" to people who sneeze because I'm not religious or superstitious. Is that rude? Do I have a valid excuse or should I say it because it's kind of a "cultural norm"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    I don't like saying "bless you/God bless you" to people who sneeze because I'm not religious or superstitious. Is that rude? Do I have a valid excuse or should I say it because it's kind of a "cultural norm"?
    I am religious and I do not say that either. I was taught it is taking the Lord's name in vain to say God unless you reverently mean God. I think it is perfectly normal to say excuse you.

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    I say 'bless you' all the time and never think twice about it. I'm not particularily religious or superstitious either. I never say "God bless you", but I also never say "excuse you". I've actually never heard anyone say that after someone sneezes, ever. That would be weird to me.
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    I'm not particularly religious either really....and when i say bless you, i don't say it with any religious intent. I say it because it is traditionally what we say and nothing more. I'm not sure why i feel compelled to acknowledge when people sneeze, except only for tradition and to not make them feel awkward if they happen to take note that no one said anything....due to tradition.

    There is no sense in me being concerned about the religious aspect of it, since it really carries no religious meaning to me...its not part of my religion, nor do i think the person actually needs blessing.

    Its just a phrase these days and nothing more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I'm not particularly religious either really....and when i say bless you, i don't say it with any religious intent. I say it because it is traditionally what we say and nothing more. I'm not sure why i feel compelled to acknowledge when people sneeze, except only for tradition and to not make them feel awkward if they happen to take note that no one said anything....due to tradition.

    There is no sense in me being concerned about the religious aspect of it, since it really carries no religious meaning to me...its not part of my religion, nor do i think the person actually needs blessing.

    Its just a phrase these days and nothing more.
    This. I always say "bless you" simply because it's a cultural norm. I also have been known to pepper my speech with phrases like "bless his heart" or even "god bless him" or "the good sense god gave a billygoat" simply because those are phrases that I grew up hearing and I don't know of a secular phrase that conveys the same sentiment, and it's just a figure of speech to me.

    But, if it really bothers you, you could opt for the German "guzentight" which I believe means good health.

    LOL about saying "excuse you." That is something I would say to my son if he were being rude and didn't have the good sense (god gave a billygoat) to excuse himself.
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    I have never heard "excuse you" but the implication is that the person needs excusing because they did something bad, like Alissa said.

    I am not religious at all, I'm an atheist, but I say "bless you" when someone sneezes because it's nice to do. People seem to appreciate it.
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    I always say bless you, I think of it as saying "hope you are not getting sick"
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    I would like to just opt for the Turkish versions because they mean "live long" and "live well" but nobody would know what I was talking about, lol.
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    Go for it! You could start a whole new blessing-a-sneeze trend.
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