Why is it polite to say bless you?
The most popular theory is that it originated in Rome when the bubonic plague was ravaging Europe.
Sneezing was one the plague’s main symptoms, and it is believed that Pope Gregory I suggested that a tiny prayer in the form of saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze would protect the person from death..
What does it mean when someone says bless you?
1 —used in speech to express thanks or good wishes”I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.” “Oh, bless you! That’s very kind of you.” 2 —said to someone who has just sneezed.
Why do Brits say bless you?
It was believed that could protect your soul and body Saying “bless you” was believed to help keep it in you. Alternatively a sneeze was the body’s way of expelling a demon and saying that phrase would shield you from the evil.
Is it illegal to say Gesundheit?
“During World War I it was made illegal to say Gesundheit, and that law has never been repealed.”
What is the response to God bless you?
In this case you would reply, “Thank you.” If someone says “God bless you” as a greeting, you can say many things, such as “thank you,” “and you,” or even just smile.