Date: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 15:58:41 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: Gesundheit! I'm tempted to categorize items like "Gezundheit" as something other than dialect per se. It's part of "manners" and thus subject to trend shifts that are only partly linguistic. But every social trend has a large language component, doesn't it. This question raises lots of interesting side questions. A side comment on another thread from this List: Yesterday we found out from the OJ trial that 'upset' is another word without a specific referent. DMLance