Saturday, January 21, 2012

Random Thought: Why do we say bless you when someone sneezes?

Hello Readers,
Even though my blog is mostly about technology, we all know that one set topic can get a bit boring after a while. So today, I would like to introduce something that has puzzled me for a while now: Why do we say, "Bless You," when someone sneezes?

When I asked my friend he said,"Sneezing is usually a sign of sickness, so when someone is saying bless you, they are hoping you have long life."

When I asked my brother, he said,"When a person sneezes, their heart skips a beat, which is why we say bless you."

After I researched, I summarized that the heart doesn't when you sneeze. My friends theory seemed like the correct one.

I visited a few more websites and found out that, "bless you," is linked to the Bubonic Plague.
When a person sneezed at the time, it was considered that they had the bubonic plague. A person would say,"bless you," to wish the sneezer a long life.

Do you think there are any other reasons for saying, "bless you"? Tell me in the comments below.




Gazman said...

not sure why people say it, tbh just adds more embarasment to the person who is sneezing!

Anonymous said...

i dont know either, i never say it. i do excuse myself when i sneeze though, its the polite thing to do

Anonymous said...

if they sneeze ON me i just punch them.

Anonymous said...

I heard it has something to do with your soul escaping. I don't really get why people still say it though, if I sneeze three times I don't need to be told "bless you" three times.

Rubes27 said...

i heard it was from medeival times when they thought sneezing meant you could be pushing out your soul, so saying bless you would keep your spirit in your body

Feathers said...

It has to do with the bubonic plague doctors, who thought the sickness was a curse from God.

Anonymous said...

lol i hate sneezing over summer cuz of polen alergies! said...

It's because your heart stops when you sneeze so you bless the other person to start there heart again.

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