Here’s another strange post for you wonderful people.
Something I have been thinking about today, is why do we say bless you when someone sneezes?
We don’t say cough you when someone coughs (well I do occasionally if I’m a bizarre mood) or anything when someone makes another noise such as blowing their noise or burping.
So why do we say bless you when someone sneezes?
If I am out in public and a person standing close to me sneezes, then I automatically say bless you as I would feel extremely rude not too.
Thinking about it, this is really strange.
I have researched the reasoning behind this, and found that sneezing was associated with ‘illness’ meaning when someone sneezed you wouldn’t ignore this as it could be a sign of bad health. This is going back many years ago, when it was a sign to worry, but now we know that sneezing doesn’t mean we have to worry. For example it is common to sneeze after smelling a scent, as we can react to the particles that enter our nostrils.
Now saying ‘bless you’ is just common courtesy, and this tradition has never really ended.