Why shouldn’t you say bless you?
When people don’t say bless you, we begin to suspect they don’t care about our well-being. As etiquette columnist Miss Manners once observed, it’s considered more rude for people getting hit with snot shrapnel to bypass the bless you than it is for the person detonating the germ bombs to fail to say excuse me.
What is the real meaning of bless you?
God bless you (variants include God bless or bless you) is a common English expression generally used to wish a person blessings in various situations, especially as a response to a sneeze, and also, when parting or writing a valediction.
Is it OK to say bless you?
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. Whatever the origin, nowadays it is polite to say “bless you” when someone sneezes, just like saying “thank you” or “please”.
What can I say instead of God Bless?
“To your health.” or “Truth!” “To your health.” or “Bless God.” or “It is true.” “Health!”, the equivalent of respectively “Gesundheit” as said in English, or if the person has sneezed three times, “(Three times) the weather will be nice tomorrow.”
Is it correct to say God bless you always?
God bless you always. with one is correct.
What to say instead of bless you?
The most common alternative response that I’m aware of, especially in American English, is “Gesundheit!“. Gesundheit! is borrowed from German, and literally means “Health!”. Actually “Bless you!” (often uttered as “bleshoo”) can be considered as the secular (or neutral) version of “God bless you!”.
Is it appropriate to say God bless at work?
A private employee has a right to express themselves. They can probably say ‘God bless you’ to customers, but an employer has a right to uniformity in the workplace and not to be saddled with an employee’s beliefs.