Is “achoo” a word? And what’s the origin of saying “God bless you” after a sneeze?

Every sneeze has a different ring to it, but there are only a few words in English that name the sound. Achoo is the most favored.

This instance of onomatopoeia imitates the sound of sneezing. The first syllable mimics the quick intake of breath, while the second corresponds to the tone of the convulsive expulsion of air through the nose and mouth. “Achoo” is also considered an interjection, in the same class of words as “ouch” or “gosh.” (What are ”gosh,” “golly,” and “gee” short for? They all pertain to religion. Click here for the answer.)

Other languages follow the same approach. A sneeze sound in Russian is apchkhi; in Korean it is achee.

In the medical world, ACHOO is an acronym for a sternutation disorder called Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioophthalmic Outburst Syndrome that results in uncontrollable sneezing.

After a sneeze, there are a few common responses. “God bless you” (or “bless you”) and “gesundheit” are two. Gesundheit is German for “healthiness.”

As for the origin of “God bless you,” there are a number of ideas. There are superstitious beliefs that connect evil to sneezing, such as the thought that a sneeze releases a soul to the waiting grasp of evil spirits. Hence, a blessing is needed.

(People often end a blessing (or prayer) by saying “amen.” What does this common word literally mean? Here’s the answer.)

A false belief that originated during the Renaissance dictates that a sneeze causes the heart to momentarily stop. The blessing was a brief prayer that the heart would not fail completely.

There are numerous other tales that have to do with sneezing. For example, one folk saying asserts a sneeze means that someone is thinking amorously about you. What sneeze myths do you know about?

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A handful of credit unions see wisdom in keeping such talent within the credit union movement. They give college students and graduates jobs that require people with management potential.

For example, in 1993 Tim Mislansky, fresh from college, became a management trainee at the $80 million asset Chaco Credit Union in Hamilton, Ohio. As a student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he had been vice president of operations and later chairman of the board of First Miami Student Credit Union, assets $1.1 million.

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Today, Mislansky is Chaco’s vice president of finance and administration.

Other credit unions have a tiered system that begins with college internships. Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., has a college internship program from which it selects lending and management trainees. For several years it has selected eight to 15 college students for its summer internship program, says Ken Spence, vice president of human resources and development for the $1.3 billion asset credit union.

“We have been successful over the years at retaining some college students after they graduate,” Spence says.

Spence recently hired a former intern as a loan officer trainee. After three to six months in the training program, the employee will become a loan officer. Or, if all those positions are filled, the employee will go into another area, Spence says. go to web site chaco credit union

College students and recent graduates occasionally apply for entry-level jobs, Spence says. They’re willing to work in entry-level positions – in the mail room, the file room, or on the teller line – until a higher position in the credit union opens.

Graduates are more realistic today. “The employment market has a lot to do with it,” Spence says. “More people understand they are going to have to start at the bottom. I have four-year graduates coming into clerical jobs because there just aren’t that many higher level jobs.” They take a job just to get a paycheck and benefits, he says.

To recruit college graduates, Spence and another credit union employee also attend job fairs and publicize openings at the placement offices at St. Leo College in San Antonio; and University of South Florida, Florida College, and Hillsborough Community College, all in Tampa.

Spence tells students to get a list of area credit unions and personally visit each with a resume. “I tell them to ask to see the manager or the human resource director. If that doesn’t work, I recommend they get an appointment,” Spence says.

Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, with assets of $680 million, doesn’t have a formal internship or management-trainee program. Still, recent college graduates have landed jobs there as assistant branch managers, department managers, and occasionally branch managers, says Elaine Ziegler, senior vice president of human resources.

That’s despite the fact that in California, the job market is tight. The unemployment rate is high, and there’s a glut of college graduates. “You hear stories of people with doctorates waiting tables in San Diego,” Ziegler says.

Also, bank closings and mergers have caused college graduates to give up on the industry. “College graduates come out and say, ‘Financial industry? Forget it. I’m never going to get a job there,’ “Ziegler says.

What’s the solution? “I would like to see CUNA, the leagues, and credit unions get the word out that credit unions are dynamic places to work, that there are credit unions large enough where people with degrees and advanced degrees can move up in the ranks,” Ziegler says.

Many credit unions function like Mission Federal, without a formal management-trainee program. That may change soon. CUNA & Affiliates recently established a task force to address the problem of poor retention in the movement of graduates with student credit union experience.

Also, the National Council of College Student Credit Unions, working with the CUNA Human Resource Council, is developing a model management-trainee program for credit unions. Adaptable to credit unions’ individual needs, it will be based on current programs in use at credit unions.

Mary Mink is assistant editor of Credit Union Executive. She can be reached at (608) 231-4989.

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  1. darcy -  March 18, 2015 - 3:06 am

    bless comes from the word blestian, which comes from the word blostian, which originates from the word blod, meaning evil/bad luck. so in latin, saying bless you to somebody who sneezes is bad luck.

  2. Gudden -  June 25, 2013 - 1:13 am

    A sneeze comes just before something bad is about to happen.

    • darcy -  March 18, 2015 - 3:07 am

      i agree see my comment

  3. Poppa Howard -  August 14, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    I once read a different explanation for sneezing altogether, , , namely, it is caused by a passing ‘Spirit Visitor’ (maybe a past love-one) and “Bless you” is saying “Hi, , God Bless you” to IT , , , not YOU !!!. Rather a nice thought, not so ???!!!!

  4. Triple M -  November 25, 2010 - 7:45 am

    I am Triple M

    This comment is dedicated to “The all american girl-next-door!!!”
    So, here it is,


    • darcy -  March 18, 2015 - 3:08 am


  5. y do u need to no? -  October 22, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    I heard that in the Medieval times when somebody sneezed people thought that meant the devil was coming out of them. That’s why they said “God bless you.”

  6. bing -  October 8, 2010 - 1:51 am

    ok lang.

  7. ann -  October 4, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    @Splitpee you explained better than the blogs,..

  8. Claire -  October 1, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    Although the comments have severely deviated from the ACHOO word meaning, I found this very interesting. Saying God Bless you might be from superstition or from concern about losing a part of your soul, but it still seems to me to be a kind and polite thing to say. Who couldn’t use some more of God’s blessings?

  9. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 30, 2010 - 8:34 am

    If life is death, and death is life, then to live is to die and to die is to live.WEIRD. Wrong!!! Because if to love is to fight and to fight is to go to war then isn’t it better to say I would rather love than die?

  10. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 30, 2010 - 8:28 am

    UGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I meant type-os not typy-os. You see though type-os happen. GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 30, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Slicklibby why are you so worried about what I do? Wow! I have some typy-os, big deal i’m not being judged on it so why do you care. The world isn’t going to end if someone puts done it instead of did it. Does it really matter??? No!!! So before you start pointing your finger at me for something i did wrong, remember there is always three more pointing back at you. Good day!!!

  12. The allamerican girl-next-door!!! -  September 30, 2010 - 5:58 am

    Also some random person please re-read the first line of my posted comment. It says, Okay i know this has nothing to do with the blog, but i’m sick of people telling me how girls should act.So therefore you are kinda in the wrong when you tell me that this is about sneezing when clearly I told you from the start that I wasn’t talking about that.And that I clearly knew I what the blog was about, I just didn’t want to talk about that.

  13. sweetpea -  September 29, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    A sneeze comes just before something bad is about to happen.

  14. Slicklibby -  September 29, 2010 - 11:52 am

    All this talk of acronyms (e.g. ACHOO) prods me to explain what I was taught is the difference between an acronym and an abbreviation. It is my understanding an acronym is an abbreviation using the initial letters of all considered words that actually spells another word. Therefore, DNA is an abbreviation, while CANDY (the College of Art, Nature and Developmental Yodeling) is an acronym (or acronymic abbreviation).

    I find some of the grammar on the posts here appalling. All American Girl, you said, “I don’t know if that’s how you done it…” That’s DID it, not DONE it. And when you caution someone, you WARN them, not WORN them as you wrote. Stay on dictionary.com; it may help you.

  15. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 29, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Well Veronica to answer your question yes it is a refernce to the plague. You see when they said rind around the roeses what they are talking about is the ring that would form around a sore when you caught the plague. Pocket full of poseys ment the white stuff that was inside the sores. And when it said ashes ashes we all fall down they were talking about when you died all that was left was your ashes and the we all fall down part ment you fell down because you’re dead.

    • chris -  January 25, 2015 - 2:27 pm

      In the UK it comes from the rhyme: Ring a ring of roses (the plaque rash)
      A pocket full of posies (sweet smelling herbs or flowers that someone would carry to ward off infection). Atishoo, atishoo (the sound of a sneeze) we all fall down (dead).

  16. veronica -  September 29, 2010 - 12:27 am

    Re: ring-a-ring-a-rosies … why is there the sneezing in that? is it true it’s a refernce to the plague?

    • chris -  January 25, 2015 - 2:28 pm

      yes… see my post above.

  17. Ferret -  September 28, 2010 - 9:38 pm

    I believe there’s a saying in Japan that when you sneeze, it means someone is talking about you.

  18. Laura Star -  September 28, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    The only origin that I’ve heard is that during the Black Plague, the primary symptom was sneezing. When someone sneezed, they said “God Bless You” and left, knowing soon they were going to die.

  19. snooty snoopy -  September 28, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    Sneezing in my cultural background brings out no religious connotation today among the people but more secular idea that sneezing once implies
    people are talking about you, second, being critisized, third being loved, forth, an early sign of getting a cold.

    In the medieval ages, a religious remark was uttered as Kushami to ones who sneeze as people believed that sneezing thrusts souls out of their noses.

    (17th century in the world history tells me something;the Mayflower, the Thirty Years War, the Tokugawa regime of the Edo period.)

  20. M -  September 28, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    In FRench the soiund that one makes when sneezing is referred to as ATCHOUM.

    And when someone sneezes you say : a tes souhaits which translates into best wishes. No religious reference at all. Interesting differences between all the countries mentioned above.

  21. Aslan -  September 28, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Hey, BRINDLEY… Not only in SRILANKA.. Even in INDIA you find that beliefe… But I dont believe… haha..

  22. Mark -  September 28, 2010 - 10:06 am

    How about we don’t say anything when someone sneezes? Can’t we all just mind our own business? We don’t say bless you if someone farts or burps. Good grief people!

  23. Aslan -  September 28, 2010 - 10:01 am

    “Death is a shadow that always follows the body” THats a pretty good sentence from a pretty girl as far as the SNEEZING is EVIL beliefe is concerned…

  24. Rachel -  September 28, 2010 - 9:21 am

    People did indeed say “God Bless You” after you sneezed during the times of the plague or black death. It was the first sign that you had contracted the disease and you would almost inevitably die: God’s blessing was your only hope.

    • chris -  January 25, 2015 - 2:30 pm


  25. Greg -  September 28, 2010 - 9:19 am

    I thought the proper response to somebody who sneezes is, “You’re sooo good lookin’.” Which means…they are good looking.

  26. zemane -  September 28, 2010 - 9:09 am

    In Portuguese we say “Atchim”.

  27. The all american girl-next-door -  September 28, 2010 - 8:29 am

    sorry it’s ashes ashes we all fall down!!!!!!!!!!

  28. The all american girl-next-door -  September 28, 2010 - 8:28 am

    Alan Turner the song is Ring around the roses
    pocket full of poses,
    Ashes, ashes,ll fall down
    duh!!! I don’t know if that is how you done it when you were little but almost every one i know did it the way i just wrote it!!!!!!!

  29. steven gillespie -  September 28, 2010 - 8:00 am

    i heard you die for a second when you sneeze………

  30. Joan -  September 28, 2010 - 7:47 am

    I’m from Jamaica West Indies,please don’t sneeze close to anyone,or on anyone,because it is bad lucky to sneeze that person think nothing going to be right all day,Icame to America and heard people blessing each other it was very strang to me.but now I UNDERSTAND why they say bless you.THANK YOU guys.

  31. The all american girl-next-door -  September 28, 2010 - 7:24 am

    For the love of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will you please stop doing that to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All my comments that i post aren’t on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Abdulrahman Shabana -  September 28, 2010 - 6:52 am

    In Islam, when someone sneezes, they say al-hamdu lillah, which means All praise and thanks are for Allah, as somebody here already mentioned. After the person who sneezes says that, it is obligated for every Muslim who hears him say that to say Yar-hamu kallah, which means May Allah have mercy upon you. Then the person who sneezes, and hears somebody say yar-hamu kallah, says Yah-deekumullaahu wa yuslihoo baalakum, which literally means May Allah guide you and fix your current state. And when a non-Muslim sneezes, the Muslim who hears him says Yah-deekumullaahu wa yuslihoo baalakum, which literally means May Allah guide you and fix your current state. All of these are authentically reported from the Prophet Muhammed Peace be Upon Him.

  33. Fritz M. -  September 28, 2010 - 6:49 am

    I heard a myth that if you feel a sneeze building up in your nose, but can’t quite get it to come out, looking into a bright light would cause you to complete the sneeze. It seems to work, but I think it might be partly psychological.

    • chris -  January 25, 2015 - 2:32 pm

      yes that works.

  34. J Strand -  September 28, 2010 - 6:45 am

    Within Seinfeld culture, it is believed that saying “you’re sooo good looking” following a sneeze is better that than traditional “[God] Bless You”; it boosts the person’s self esteem after having such an embarrassing involuntary bodily function.

    ***BTW – this is really hard to do when the person is obviously hideous***

  35. Dennis -  September 28, 2010 - 6:31 am

    Is it true, if an individual did not sneeze properly, the force of a sneeze could explode the heart? If so, I would want a blessing from GOD for every moment in which I did not blow myself up.

  36. Elspeth Van Martens -  September 28, 2010 - 6:26 am

    In China if you sneeze once it means someone is in love with you, twice, someone hates you/is annoyed with you, thrice, and you’ve got a cold.

  37. dmr -  September 28, 2010 - 6:23 am

    Actually, the “God bless you” response applied after one sneezed, dates back to Puritan times. When one did sneeze, the belief was that demons were being forced out of their bodies—hence the response, God Bless you.

  38. C -  September 28, 2010 - 6:07 am

    I believe in Asian countries sneezing refers to somebody talking about you.

  39. Mousie -  September 28, 2010 - 5:58 am

    I totally agree with Billy Thayer’s comment/comparison. I’ve always thought this way about sneezes.

  40. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 28, 2010 - 5:31 am

    No sandyborwnies i’m country and i live in a little hick town called perry florida. But when people come here for the first time we say welcome to taylor county home of the bulldogs!!!!!! The older people here in this town believe in the old ways of life. A man has the job, takes care of his wife and children,a woman stays home and takes care of the children, always does what her husband wants, never uposets him. So to me in other words she is a slave while her husband is the master. That is so wrong and it shouldn’t be that way. In the Bible, it says a woman is like rubies and should be treated that way.(sorry not near a Bible right now so don’t know the exact words) Also dog and horseluver if you re-read the first thing i wrote it says: Okay i know this has nothing to do with the blog. So as you have re-read it i told you from the start that it has nothing to do with sneezing and saying God bless you. Thanks for agreeing with me, but i did worn you about my comment!!!

  41. snooty snoopy -  September 28, 2010 - 5:26 am

    According to Wiki, the English title of the cartoon is The Genie Family.

    I looked that up now to see what the story about.

  42. snooty snoopy -  September 28, 2010 - 5:21 am

    The sound of sneezing in Japanese is ‘hakkushion’ and years back we had a TV cartoon called “Hakkushion Daimao” meaning Achoo The Great Prince of Darkness. Contrary to his name, he was very comical, affable, and helpful in guise of the medieval Arab attire.

    I don’t remember too well about the cartoon now.

  43. Blizzard -  September 28, 2010 - 5:06 am

    That’s just nasty. :P


  44. some random person -  September 28, 2010 - 4:59 am

    @the all american girl next door

    mmmmmmkayyyyyy….. yaaaaaaah…. this is about sneezing!!!!!

  45. Khalil -  September 28, 2010 - 3:23 am

    medically, when a person sneezes, his heart stops for seconds and then sustains it funtions again. And as we may know, that quick stop could lead to death.
    when poeple say, (good bless you ) it reliously means that, thank god that you’re well and that you ve been saved from possible death.

    that what i heard and what i have ben tought and even i really believe.

    thanks for letting me participate.

  46. Jones Peterson -  September 28, 2010 - 3:01 am

    When one sneezes, the heart stops for a very brief moment. Hence, the blessing ‘Bless you’ is used as a prayer to uphold life that fraction of time when the heart stops!

  47. Maja -  September 28, 2010 - 2:57 am

    But we also say, but it don´t have to be the same in all country, Slovakia, that when you sneeze once, it´s for healt, when twice, it´s for happiness, and when you sneeze three times, it´s for love :)

  48. Hetty -  September 28, 2010 - 2:56 am

    Chill, “achoo” is an onomatopoeia so it technically could be a word in the dictionary. (I’ve never actually looked to see if it is) but onomatopoeia are legitimate parts of speech like the word “bark,” “zip,” “zap,” “pow,” “bang,” “ha,” and other words used to represent sounds.

  49. Maja -  September 28, 2010 - 2:54 am

    In Slovakia when you are telling someone about something and then you sneeze, you say “I’m telling the truth!”. It´s the same as in Greece, what I´ve red here :)

  50. Brindley -  September 28, 2010 - 1:57 am

    In Sri Lanka too people believe someone somewhere is thinking about you.

  51. Brindley -  September 28, 2010 - 1:54 am

    The ancient Sinhala word for this is “Aayubowan” meaning, May you live a happy and healthy long life.

  52. Hasan -  September 28, 2010 - 12:15 am

    folks. If somebody is remembering you, hicup is famous to be the effect of that, not Sneezing. Sneezing simply releaves you body from stress. If you sneeze, you get relaxed. If you are in fever/having temparature and you sneez then, it is the sign of end of fever and good health.

    Yes if you sneez after swimming or taking bath in rain or playing in pool for hours, that might cause you bad flue and even pnemunia, which could be fatal. So, protect yourself from being cold, and don’t try to sneez intentionally. Let it come itself, rather than forcing yourself to sneez.


  53. Angad -  September 27, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    When we sneeze, some of our brain cells die. And if we sneeze continuosly, it leads to more brain cell killing..hence with respect to this people around you say “God Bless You”…

  54. Carm -  September 27, 2010 - 11:51 pm

    “GOD BLESS YAH” because everytime we say “ACHOO” our heart stops for a second (:

  55. John Ooi -  September 27, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    in Chinese culture, it mean one of ur beloved is talking about you or thinking of you distance away…

    There isn’t any others to say “God Bless you” after the ones sneezing !
    if u heard chinese said that, he/she just follow others !

  56. DestinedforGreatness -  September 27, 2010 - 11:23 pm

    @Richard Comaish: What is self-righteous about saying ‘God Bless You’?

  57. deborah gee -  September 27, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    hahaha! i like this blog! who like adam lambert?

  58. Faizan -  September 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    each time you sneeze, you release 10,000-100,000 bacteria

    i got this off my bio book 3 years ago

  59. Sabyasachi Ghosh -  September 27, 2010 - 10:15 pm

    Try to sneeze with your eyes open. I bet you cant. Strange yes, but there is some kind of unintentional control linked with the brain and sneeze.

  60. Father Time -  September 27, 2010 - 9:10 pm

    The phrase “God Bless You” can have its origins properly traced back to the times of the bubonic plague. Where a rapid sneezing of 10-20 times would occur before the final phases of the plague and death set in.
    Thus, a nice blessing on your way out actually had a purpose.
    Either way, i never sneeze. I’m father time.

  61. Levi -  September 27, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Dane Cook.

  62. Harish -  September 27, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    In Japanese culture, sneezing is associated with someone talking about you somewhere.

    Same in India. We actually believe somebody is thinking about you somewhere.

  63. Fernando -  September 27, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    In Mexico when somebody sneeze we say “salud” which means health in spanish.

    Also, just to joke around, when somebody sneeze, specially a guy, we say “sancho” because there is the myth that maybe his girlfriend is cheating on him at the right moment he sneeze.
    Greeting Everyone.

  64. MeThinks -  September 27, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Well, In Islam, prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that Muslims should say “May God have Mercy on you” after someone sneezed. Maybe that’s the origin?

  65. Mel -  September 27, 2010 - 7:28 pm

    “In Okinawan Lore, it is believed that a demon will enter your body as you sneeze, and because they like to eat what humans eat and dislike what humans don’t like, they say: Qoos Quay Hya (Eat Poo) as to cause the demon to escape your body before you attempt to eat poo.” – Scott. OMG Dude! That is hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh!

  66. raul -  September 27, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    wow this whole time iv been thinking sneeze, wait no dont, no yea sneeze, no dont sneeze, do it do it do it!, nope nope never mind and iv just been focusing on my sneezing =) thanks for reading i bet that you probably didnt even notice that i put an s for z on sneeze, now your checking back to see if it was true, now your like hey he’s lying!, now your giggling, haha see arent i funny?

  67. K Swenson -  September 27, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    Bless you comes from the early times. When someone gets the plauge from rats, people would say god bless you, so you had a chance to survive with the plauge

  68. poopy -  September 27, 2010 - 6:48 pm

    I heard that “god bless you” came from times when sneezes were believed to be a sign of good health. So, a patient who had sneezed was also discharged from a hospital and said god bless you because you had recovered…

  69. minty -  September 27, 2010 - 6:20 pm


  70. Kim Miller -  September 27, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    In Romania, like Greece, if you are talking to someone and then you sneeze, what you just said is taken to be true. And/or if you were not talking, then someone is talking about you.

  71. dog and horseluver -  September 27, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    one more thing to say: the all american girl next door i agree with you tottaly but seriously, this is about sneesing and god bless you.

  72. mustafa -  September 27, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    in islam it’s from allah and we say something after.

  73. dog and horseluver -  September 27, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    kayla that actually makes sense.
    i talk too much bye

  74. dog and horseluver -  September 27, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    sandy brownies minnesota is sooo much better because its really hot during the summer and snowy (alot) during the winter. perfect sesons! XD

  75. dog and horseluver -  September 27, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    ashleigh im in fifth grade too but i didnt learn that… but cool!

  76. dog and horseluver -  September 27, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    Hey ray your back! i saw you on the other hot word. anyhow, i belive if you think something right before you sneeze it will come true. it seems far fetched but it actually works sometimes! peace world

  77. Mel -  September 27, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    Huh… You title an article “And what’s the origin of saying “God bless you” after a sneeze?” and then never actually answer the question? “As for the origin of “God bless you,” there are a number of ideas” is not an answer!

  78. Leah Madsen -  September 27, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    I heard that people thought that when you sneezed, your spirit would come out; so they said ” May God bless your soul and not take it from you at this time.” Which was shortened to “God bless you” and then again to “Bless you.”

  79. libby -  September 27, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    when you sneeze, you say god bless you because when you sneeze it means your sick and you want god to bless you so you can get healthy again!

  80. Name..well your mom -  September 27, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    very interesting

  81. daisy -  September 27, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Whooo achooo! that’s cool info

  82. KK -  September 27, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    I’m surprised no one seems to have mentioned the phenomenon of sneezing caused by the sun. Most of the time when I walk outside and the sun is very bright I sneeze. It’s well known that if you have that about to sneeze feeling and can’t do it, just look at the sun, and almost assuredly you’ll sneeze. I’m sure that’s what the “Helio” part of the ACHOO acronym refers to.

  83. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  September 27, 2010 - 3:55 pm


    …”naught” is not-aught…

    “nought” is a zero cipher ofttimes confused with ought, oftener confused with naught since the middle-English a millennium ago….


  84. João Henrique -  September 27, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    The speed of sneeze is said to be 60Km/h. Is that really true?

  85. jaylin -  September 27, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    i hate alcohol they arrested them if they have alochol

  86. João Henrique -  September 27, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    By the…Ahhh…Ahhh…way….Achoooo! :))

  87. jaylin -  September 27, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    yes alcohol is real and they should not sell them

  88. Heatherr. -  September 27, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    I read in my World Geography calls that “Bless you” originated during the Bubonic Plague, when people would start sneezing others would say “Bless you” as in “Thank God it’s you and not me.” Or something of that sort…

  89. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  September 27, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO IS– In a group, if somebody sneezes, the next person should pinch-lips and blow (out the side), the next gargle, the next can put a hand under the armpit and squeeze a fast ‘woops’,,, After about three rounds of that, -if done precisely the same way, each time,- those around you and at the next table will be rollicking in laughter….

    TODD– YES, I started with “won’t” but thought better to say “shouldn’t” so I switched to “shon’t” but which isn’t the common contraction but I didn’t want “shan’t” which is the contraction for “shall-not” … and I figured contractions are inventions anyway….

    MY FAVORITE CONTRACTION: is “n’even” for not-even, like “never” is not-ever, “neither” is not-either, “nor” is not-or, “NAND” is not-and (in computator’ese which used to be a word), “nought” is not-ought,,, (“Nero” is Not-Eros in Latin), etc.


  90. sandyborwnies -  September 27, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    @The all american girl-next-door!!!

    um…this is about sneezing….but ok
    i have a feeling you live in a conservative state…..you should move to southern California its nice

  91. Ashleigh -  September 27, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    actually, god bless you comes from the plague from the renaissance period, when people sneezed other people said god bless you because they thought the sneeze meant they had it so they just wanted to say hope you don’t die, sorry. I learned this in social studies last year… grade 4 social studies

  92. Someone who has a life -  September 27, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realise until now how little the word Achoo actually meant to me. Seriously, you all need to go outside.

  93. Your Dad -  September 27, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    Yes indeed

  94. Parks Bonifay -  September 27, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    I belive that there is a conspiracy on the meaning of achoo. Actually, everytime someone sneezes, the government murders another innocent person, and when someone says “God bless you” they are saying that you are blessed because you weren’t murdered.

  95. abbie -  September 27, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    i made people believe that a long time ago(about the time of the black death), that a sneeze was a common symptom for many deadly diseases, so when someone sneezed, he normal good Samaritan would say “God bless you”, thinking it was a good luck charm, or had some power to stop this disease ;)

  96. Rajarshi Purkayastha -  September 27, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Sneezing is condidered as bad sign in few religion.

  97. sam -  September 27, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    wow thats interesting

  98. Bolaji -  September 27, 2010 - 1:39 pm

    Among the Yoruba stock in South-west Nigeria, when a person sneezes it is believed that he is being discussed else where.

  99. A.R. -  September 27, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Same here!

  100. Kayla Humphreys -  September 27, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    The phrase “God Bless You” was from the European pandemic diseases at the time. People were paranoid. Whenever you sneezed people thought you may have been getting sick. People used to be highly religious (or more than they are now) so “God Bless You” was a quick prayer in the hopes of curing whatever disease you may have contracted.

  101. Kelly -  September 27, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    When I was younger, I was always told that it blows the devil away when you sneeze (and I’d hear Bless You!), but I think it’s just a myth, don’t really believe it, I just like to joke about it. I’d think you gotta do more than just “sneeze” to make the devil go away ;)

  102. Bernardo -  September 27, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Connecting evil to sneeze?!?!?
    I don´t think so. In portuguese, when somebody sneeze other ons wishes “better health” (in a free transalation).
    When somebody sneeze it must be a signal that he/she got a flu or a something like that. So, “God bless you” must be an expression of someone wishing to other ons to recover of his/her injury.

  103. Marcade -  September 27, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    I read once, that “God Bless You” was said after sneezing, centuries ago, so that once you die, you can’t come back as a vampire. That was back when people feared that vampires were real and blamed them basically whenever they didn’t have a logical explanation for something that is now explained with science.

  104. Bpython -  September 27, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    I used to say “bless you” but kind of bored with it..so let’s see if anyone against this..all comments are welcome.
    When someone sneezed..i’ll say ” LIVE!” then follow by the person;s name.
    Eg: Live! sweetheart!
    Live! Damian…

  105. J. -  September 27, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    A good point CBoland
    As opposed to a sneeze a cough is a clear sign of illness. Sneezing may be understood as a ‘soft’ warning. A blessing or reminder in that case may do good; not so if one is already clearly ill.

  106. TiaKia -  September 27, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    ^BRITTANY^ thats what i heard too! hey how yall doin out there?

  107. Nina -  September 27, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    I agree one hundred per cent with ANIKA…you guys did NOT do that much research on this subject. The ORIGIN is from the fear of death coming to one who sneezes because in the time of the BUBONIC plague in Europe it meant surefire DEATH was about to come upon you (it usually DID in those days anyways) when you sneezed –that was one of THE symptoms at that time and so it is a form of Christian last rites. So…that is why some older people take offence at the implication that they will NOT live that much longer and some (GRANDMAS,etc) still think it means that they are doomed or are reacting superstitiously to the informal “decree” of death instead of understanding that well wishers mean for them to NOT die too!(I think it already well known amongst the EDUCATED, if I may be so bold as to say!

  108. Max -  September 27, 2010 - 11:47 am

    I finally know what it mean when people say Bless You after you sneeze! Thank you everyone! And I also agree with The All American Girl Next-Door’s comment. It is all true, and it might sound weird coming from a guy, but think of it at a girl’s point of view! Read her comment(its about halfway dow by the way)!

  109. J. -  September 27, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Amusing and enlightening this thread.
    One of the fundamental aspects of life is perfect health. Illness is merely a result of unnatural conditions; the body having to wrestle with improperly masticated food, an improper diet, insufficient fresh air, insufficient water, the lack of exercise and tense emotional states. When one sneezes people simply wish one another a return to natural conditions, a return to that which is innate in life.
    Therefore: “God bless You” or “Remember Yourself” or “May natural conditions return” – These are precisely equal
    This mutual wish of people is far more ancient than the plague.

    Love & Peace

  110. CBoland -  September 27, 2010 - 11:19 am

    I’d always figured that “bless you” was a brief prayer on the sneezer’s behalf that the person would not get sick. Given this, I found it odd that nothing in particular is said when someone coughs, and a cough is more likely to be a symptom of an actual illness than sneeze.

  111. Nathan -  September 27, 2010 - 10:35 am

    This is off-topic, but while we’re on the subject of explaining natural things like sneezing in weird ways, some people think when you shiver for no reason at all, it means someone has walked over your grave. And I want to know where Ivor Justlost lives, because I so want to live in that country.

  112. Alan Turner -  September 27, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Who does not know the nursery rhyme?
    Ring a ring of roses’
    A pocket full of poses,
    Atishoo, atishoo we all fall down.

    The ring of roses is the red rash which appears around the mouth when you are infected with the plague (the black death)
    A pocket of poses is a bunch of flowers which you hold to your nose to ward of evil spirits.
    The atishoo, atishoo we are fall down is actually ‘fall down dead’
    Sneezing was the first symptom of the infection.

  113. Bob Sagot -  September 27, 2010 - 10:20 am

    The all american girl-next-door!!! Cool Story Bro.

  114. ACHOO NOSE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  September 27, 2010 - 10:12 am

    [...] “Gesundheit” is not GOD specific — knowing not which one to choose — We usually hand gesture our blessing when we’re close to someone’s “ACHOOS” — IT’S simply an acknowledgment of the predicament of the nose — Most would agree much better than shouting “Thar she Blows!” — We recently have noticed less announcement of the sneeze — though when we give our hand blessing most say thank you with a smile and we’re not JEES — Us ain’t much for automatic responding and outdated “TRADITION”. — We have very little contact with other folk due to our delicate condition. — It could be our hand blessing is waving germs away — or a gesture of slapping them silly if they don’t cover their mouth. — What else can we say? –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

  115. JP -  September 27, 2010 - 9:48 am

    In India, when you sneeze, people around would say, “Satanjeev” which mean you live up to 100 years.
    Someone in the blog mentioned about urine coming out after a sneeze:
    Sneezing is an involuntary action that is you do not have a control on it. Bladder muscles have both voluntary and some involuntary controls. The pressure from sneezing being transferred from the chest to the belly and then from belly to the bladder causing some people to pass a small amount of urine, mostly in elderly folks or those who have bladder problems.

  116. A Asaduzzaman -  September 27, 2010 - 9:41 am

    It seems there are at least 2-3 different kinds of Sneezing or ACHOO’s:

    1) The most common one is the one that happens suddenly without any warning or without any special thought in mind.

    2)The second common one bears the symptoms of unsound or ill-health. It occurs when we, for example, sneeze after getting Cold.

    3)The third and the most interesting one [which requires our attention] is the sneeze that may involve a person’s thought when he or she sneezes. In this sense, the reference given above of a folk saying that asserts: “a sneeze means that someone is thinking amorously” [about you]seems to be correct. It needs true research to test or prove the idea that a PARTICULAR SNEEZE COULD BE THE EXPRESSION OF AMOROUS FEELINGS (LOVE).

  117. A. Leach -  September 27, 2010 - 9:41 am

    I learned that “God Bless You” was created for the Bubonic Plague. If someone sneezed someone would say it for the fear of death to the person who sneezed or the person who was around to catch the aerosol spray of it.

  118. InTheNameofAllah -  September 27, 2010 - 9:08 am

    After a sneeze say “Alhamdulillah”. In Islam you say this after a sneeze.

  119. S.R.H. -  September 27, 2010 - 8:53 am

    To stifle a sneeze when you first feel one coming, press your finger between your upper lip and nose. This works with surprising frequency. However, it does reduce the number of verbal blessing you receive.

  120. Mark V -  September 27, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Acronyms are whatevery they like to be, it is much cooler this way.

    Myths: Sneezing with your eyes open will shoot them out of your head
    Fact(?): you sneeze with the force of a hurricane.

    If one butterfly flapping its wings causes a hurricane on the other side of the world, we have several trillion people sneezing several times a day, why haven’t we wiped ourselves off the planet yet?

  121. Scott -  September 27, 2010 - 8:42 am

    In Okinawan Lore, it is believed that a demon will enter your body as you sneeze, and because they like to eat what humans eat and dislike what humans don’t like, they say: Qoos Quay Hya (Eat Poo) as to cause the demon to escape your body before you attempt to eat poo.

  122. Suzanne -  September 27, 2010 - 8:31 am

    What causes the urine leakage when sneezing? Do men have this problem?
    I have been accused of sneezing loud on purpose. I cannot control it.

  123. Todd -  September 27, 2010 - 8:30 am

    According to Dictionary.com, “shon’t” isn’t a word.

  124. Haq -  September 27, 2010 - 8:30 am

    In Islam, Muslims are encourage to say All praise to Allah. This might be due to all the pathogens that are given out when we sneeze and we have to be grateful as we are blessed with this reflex action that protects us from harmful pathogens. Muslims also taught to sneeze at the side where there are no people as part of this Deen’s manner. :)

    Peace be upon you

  125. Sol -  September 27, 2010 - 8:29 am

    In Arab Mediterranean culture , sneezing means that what you’re speaking the truth , like if you’re telling a story about something and someone next to u sneeze , it’s a sign that the story you are telling is truthful and true and sometimes they say it’s a “testimony” for the tale , well it’s funny but it’s mostly right :)
    and beside , because Arabs are nice people every time someone sneeze , they say “Sah-ha” which means “only health” .

    • Mike -  July 20, 2014 - 1:05 am

      Does it make any difference how many times you sneeze?

      Have you ever heard it said that if you sneeze once you were telling the truth, and if you sneeze twice you were lying?

  126. John -  September 27, 2010 - 8:05 am

    To add to Doug Cherry’s version, I understand sneezing was a plague symptom that happened shortly before the person was going to die. Because there were so many dying the priests could not get to all to bless them. So the Pope declared that anyone nearby a sneezing person, and a priest was not available, could “bless” them with “God bless you”, thus blessing them before they died.

  127. Chris -  September 27, 2010 - 8:05 am


    I guess the acronym is made from *A*utosomal dominant *C*ompelling *H*elio*O*phthalmic *O*utburst syndrome.

  128. Chris -  September 27, 2010 - 8:00 am

    That “amen” link is broken

  129. Ivor Justlost -  September 27, 2010 - 7:58 am

    Interesting. In my country, we say “You just lost The Game” when people sneeze.

  130. hksche2000 -  September 27, 2010 - 7:52 am

    Recurrent sneezing is frequently associated with a beginning cold. “Gesundheit” and “Bless you” are intended as well wishes that no cold should be following this sternutation.

  131. Nich S. -  September 27, 2010 - 7:30 am

    I’ve heard that “God bless you” was said because a sneeze is the expulsion of an evil spirit from a person’s body.

  132. Anika -  September 27, 2010 - 7:05 am

    I don’t suppose you did a good research on the origin of “bless you!”. It was originated in England when the Plague hit. One of the symptoms of plague was sneezing. When the person started sneezing, it meant the person would not live much longer and therefore whenever that person sneezed people said “bless you!” because he or she was not going to live much longer.

  133. Geoffrey -  September 27, 2010 - 7:04 am

    I’ve heard that in Medieval times, people (Europeans, I believe) also thought that sneezing caused one’s soul to exit their body through the mouth and nose. Only a blessing could allow the sneezer to regain his or her soul. I could be totally off-base, but that’s what I’ve heard as to the “God bless you” origin.

  134. Rui Albuquerque -  September 27, 2010 - 7:03 am

    ATCHIN is the sound we produce in Portuguese when sneezing,and the response is SAÚDE which means HEALTH.

  135. Paul -  September 27, 2010 - 6:51 am

    *LithuAnian. Sorry.

  136. Paul -  September 27, 2010 - 6:51 am

    “Aciu”, pronounced exactly the same as a sneeze, is Lithunian for “thank you”.

  137. Nathan -  September 27, 2010 - 6:47 am

    I don’t really know any sneeze myths, except if you sneeze with your eyes open, they’ll pop out. I highly doubt that. But I also believe, but I could be mistaken, that when people started saying God bless you during the Black Plague. Sneezing was probably the first sign that you were getting sick. So back then, I guess you better hope God blessed you with good health.

  138. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 27, 2010 - 6:44 am

    Death is a shadow that always follows the body

  139. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 27, 2010 - 6:24 am

    Sorry as you can see there are some type-o in my first comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  140. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  September 27, 2010 - 6:17 am

    Okay i know this has nothing to do with the blog, but i’m sick of people telling me how girls should act. First a lady should never speak unless spoken to.Second a lady always does what her husband wants her to do and never is aloud to complain.Then her purpose in life is to raise her children and to take care of her husband. Well I don’t think that is fair. I mean what about what I want to do? If i want to eat cake for breakfast i will, if i want to dance butt naked on my moms kitchen table i will(until she makes me get off and tells me to put some clothes on.)If i want to dance like a fool in a t-shirt and my underwear i will!!!! I’m a person too and i want to have fun too!!!!!!!!! I’m sick of my life to a point. My everyday life is wake up, go to school,come home, feed the animals, do my chores, make dinner for my dad,take a shower, do my homework, watch a little bit of tv,go to bed, and then do it all over again the next day(but on the weekends cause thats when i go to church). My mom told me men were born to lie, and women to believe them, so you never trust a man no matter what. Well not all men are bad I know a few who are really nice people and would take a bullet for me. But other than that no man has lied to me ever………..they cheat on me cause i’m not easy and they know they aren’t gettin anything, but other than that they’re not.Then I get so mad when people say beautiful women lead happy lives. Well i’m pretty but beautiful? I’m far from it. I can’t turn guys heads like other girls do, but i’m a really nice person and a really good friend. So when people say stuff like that it makes me mad because what about the other girls out there who are just pretty? I mean they might not be the most beautifulest girl in the world but they are nice people.Sure beautiful girls look like they have everything, but they aren’t really happy. My aunt was a model,was on covers, is really beautiful, is married to a cop, has three beautful children, But when we go out to lunch sometimes we talk and she tells me things.Like when she was in high school everyone loved her and all the guys wanted to date her,but the only reason for that was because her friends wanted to be seen with her and the guys who dated her just wanted to be able to say hey look what i got and show her off. She was surrounded by people but felt so alone. That’s sad when you think about it. My aunt angel, this beautiful women with tons of friends, had perfect grades, anything she ever wanted, and was so alone.If i had a choice to be beautiful and have no real friends or be only pretty with tons of real friends i would stay pretty.I mean it’s not as bad as beautiful girls say it is to be pretty. The only bad when it comes to me is i always forgive people no mattewr how wrong they do me,i always look for the beswt in people. In the end though it doesn’t always pay off. My boyfriend at the time(he’s my ex now)whenever we went out her would show me off to his friends saying this is my girlfriend,she’s smart,funny,cute, and is a size 6. but in the end i learned something he was dating me while he was sleeping with a cheerleader( i refused to have sex till i’m married)and it broke my heart, but i got over it. Now think about it for a sec.if i was beautiful what do you think would happen???? I would want to keep him so i would do whatever he wanted me to do. That’s where girls of today mess up. They want to keep that guy and they are willing to do anything to keep him. When what they should be doing is what i’m doing. If he’s dumb enough to walk away be smart enough to let him go!!!!!!!!!! I just wanted to put that out there!!!!!!!!!! :)

  141. louis paiz -  September 27, 2010 - 6:06 am

    my grandfather us to say when sneezin instead of only salud, but dios le de vida y salud or god will give you life and good health.

  142. Aisha Abdul -  September 27, 2010 - 6:05 am

    Looks like the word for the day(rigmarole) is wrongly spelt.

    Also, in Nigeria, when one sneezes continually for between three to seven times, it is believed that one is being talked about. When the right ear twitches, it is a positive conversation but when the left ear twitches, it is a negative converstaion.

  143. Mr. cp.y. -  September 27, 2010 - 6:02 am

    Scientifically proven – When you sneeze, the “colds” virus easily spreads…even faster than a motorcycle.

  144. DeannaZone -  September 27, 2010 - 6:01 am

    Thank you Silverchild for pointing that out!

  145. Aisha Abdul -  September 27, 2010 - 5:52 am

    In Nigeria, when one continually sneezes for between three to seven times consecutively, it is believed that he is being talked about somewhere.

  146. bholland -  September 27, 2010 - 5:49 am

    Maybe the acronym should be referred to this way: Autosomal dominant Compelling Helio Ophthalmic Outburst syndrome.

  147. Rich Durst -  September 27, 2010 - 5:48 am

    Funny thing about acronyms these days, Silverchild, is that people creating them can basically pick and choose which letters they want to use, instead of having to use the first letter of each word. DNA is short for DeoxyriboNucleic Acid, for example, even though taking the initials of both words would only give you DA.

    I’m assuming from the words given that the acronym ACHOO goes like this:

    “Autosomal dominant Compelling HelioOphthalmic Outburst syndrome”

  148. Blizzard -  September 27, 2010 - 5:44 am

    I heard that when you sneezed, you would exhale, and while you were inhaling, an evil spirit would enter into you. I’ve heard a lot about the myth of your heart stopping. However, it is just appropriate toe say “Bless You” because it’s nice. (:

  149. Splitpee -  September 27, 2010 - 5:34 am

    In French, when someone sneezes thay say “à tes souhaits” (at your wishes). If you say it quicky with your best English accent it will sound a bit like atishoo or eventually achoo. So maybe the origines are French. Like toodlo-oo (see you later) the French say à toute à l’heure

  150. viktor -  September 27, 2010 - 5:31 am

    In Brazil we never use to ask God for bless, even de hard prayers use one autoresponse “saúde” meaning health.

  151. Name? Doesn't matter -  September 27, 2010 - 5:17 am


  152. David Barr -  September 27, 2010 - 5:10 am

    The true origin of saying “God bless you” after someone sneezes can be traced back to the time of the pilgrims after they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first winter was extraordinarily cold, and about two-thirds of them died after an illness which often started with a sneeze. The pilgrims were (obviously) a very pious group of people who came to America to flee from the ubiquity of pagan rituals in which England was so immersed. A sneeze was often a harbinger of death; so naturally a blessing from your fellow man was in order.

  153. KStil -  September 27, 2010 - 4:54 am

    Well, yes, but we all know acronyms are more fun when they spell out things like ACHOO. So sometimes people tweak their letters a bit to get what they want.

  154. Brittany -  September 27, 2010 - 4:53 am

    I also heard that it came about during the black plague. If someone heard you sneeze, it meant death was quickly on the way, so they would say “God bless you” as a prayer for their deliverance from death.

  155. SOURABH -  September 27, 2010 - 4:03 am

    in India , sneez associate with negative superstition , if someone is above to go for / doing some good work & other person sneezez then it considering to be alarm of some obstacle coming to the way. I that case the person held back for while , have some water then again start / leave for his work

  156. Rodrigues Jr -  September 27, 2010 - 3:39 am

    In Brazil the word used is “Health” or “Saude”, and I guess the
    reason for that is very clear just by the word itself. If you sneeze you must be getting sick, thus the wish of Health is applied. Very interesting

  157. Jennie -  September 27, 2010 - 3:06 am

    In Greece when you are telling someone about something and then you sneeze, you say “see, I’m telling the truth!”. As if sneezing is proof that you aren’t lying. :|

  158. Billy Thayer -  September 27, 2010 - 1:51 am

    I would like to say that sneezing is powerful enough to make you feel relieved yet blown away to have lived this. Its almost similar to an orgasm for the simple fact that the wait and build up are very similar with the relief that you know was quite evident.

  159. petrang kabayo -  September 27, 2010 - 1:33 am


  160. Iesha -  September 27, 2010 - 1:05 am

    When someone remembers you lovingly… you sneeze. otherwise dude you got to check it can be flu

  161. Richard Comaish -  September 27, 2010 - 12:46 am

    The customary Arabic response to a sneeze is ‘Alhamdu lillaah’ – literally ‘All praises and thanks are to Allah.’ I’m not sure whether that assumes gratitude on the part of the sneezer, the listener, or both, but seems an example of Islamic culture seeming more forgiving than the potentially self-righteous-sounding ‘Bless you.’

  162. Clancy -  September 27, 2010 - 12:23 am

    ^Silverchild^ — ACHOO is the correct acronym for Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioophthalmic Outburst Syndrome. Acronyms do not necssarily have to be exact and “poetic license” is often invoked. For more info on ACHOO you can check out http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11491

  163. Brent -  September 27, 2010 - 12:22 am

    I have heard that “God Bless You” or “Bless You” originated around the time of the Bubonic Plague or “The Black Death”. Sneezing, being associated with someone getting sick, was seen as a sign that you were falling into the deathly drips of the plague. Thus these terms were used to try to (divinely) protect those who were witnessed sneezing

  164. Richard Comaish -  September 27, 2010 - 12:09 am

    The folklore regarding l’amour seems more likely to have a basis in fact than the example of Renaissance paranoia, pheromones perhaps explaining the former, and the dangers of a little scientific learning the latter.

  165. Arick -  September 26, 2010 - 11:53 pm

    God Bless you prolly comes from the meaning of “annoying psychics just annnoying peoples noses to make them sneeze, then comes the word “god bless you” because another psychic sees the annoyance

  166. Silverchild -  September 26, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    Shouldn’t the acronym of the disorder be ADCHOS, according to the words you’ve given?

  167. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  September 26, 2010 - 10:26 pm

    (I shon’t mention what my dad used to do when sneezing: looked like he was trying to blow his brains out….)


  168. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  September 26, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    You left out the autoresponses– such as, “Excuse me,” and “i’-kills-me,” (the latter is used as a substitute for the former in countries under more-oppressive societal mores).

    Also one should cover one’s nose while sneezing, as makes it more pleasant by pressing lightly up the tip of the nose: It clears better….


  169. Doug Cherry -  September 26, 2010 - 10:18 pm

    I read sneezing was a plague symptom, so “God bless you” followed as a heavenly appeal for health.

  170. Reverend -  September 26, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    In Japanese culture, sneezing is associated with someone talking about you somewhere.


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