Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 15:13:09 -0500

From: jeffrey howard allen jhallen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCS.INDIANA.EDU

Subject: Re: Gesundheit!

I agree with Peter's comment below. I have always heard Gesundheit more

frequently than bless you in Oregon. The people who I know, including my

family, are not of German descent.


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Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 09:13:33 -0800


To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.BITNET

Subject: Re: Gesundheit!

The use of "Gesundheit" is certainly not restricted to those with German

ancestry or even to areas with a large population of German descent

(like Cincinnati). It has always been current in my family: my mother is of

English descent and grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and my father, of Irish

descent, grew up in Iowa. Growing up in California and Oregon, I remember

"Gesundheit" as predominant, with "Bless you!" not unheard of, and I

never noticed any difference later in Wisconsin, Tennessee or Ohio.

Peter McGraw