Intellectually, I accept it as just a colloquial phrase with good intentions. But yeah, it kinda annoys me that such an odd custom exists in the first place… and that it seems to require a response from me.
Once? No. But if I’ve got hay fever or someone’s wearing patchouli nearby and I’m sneezing a lot, I find it annoying for everyone in a 20 foot radius to call attention to it by saying “God bless you”. I never say it. I find the custom stupid.
I only do it at work and I feel kind of stupid saying “bless you” but I feel like I should say something (mostly because most of the people here do it). Anyone know of a humorous, or at least not so sappy, alternative?
I’m as strident an atheist as anyone but the religious part doesn’t bother me at all. Basically, when someone says, “God bless you”, what I hear is, “you sneezed.” It’s just not something I want to have pointed out every single time.
Gesundheit is different. Gesundheit is inherently funny and God bless you is not. Imagine this conversation:
Thudlow Boink: On which island, pray tell, is the city of Nagoya situated?
Thudlow Boink: God bless you.
Meh, no, I don’t care with one exception; I have some serious allergies and it is nothing for me to sneeze 7+ times in a row. For pity’s sake, wait until I am done to bless me please! I drop the deity and say bless you when someone sneezes out of habit.