Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 17:15:14 PDT

From: Amy Schroeder ashroede[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COUNSEL.COM

Subject: Re: Bless You

My sixth grade teacher, rest her soul, insisted that we say God Bless You,

because, in her opinion, when you sneezed your spirit literally left your

body. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there some ancient Greek source

for this, something along the lines of one's spirit inhabiting the breath?


I have a horrible feeling that "puppy pie" is the same as Johanna's "cow


just from a different source, and that the bargee was upset to be called


equivalent of a "shit eater," as well he might be!

And while I'm at it, doesn't saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes go



the Black Death and sneezing as a symptom of plague? Remember that lovely


of dialogue from _The Lady's Not for Burning_, said by the priest (abbot,


whoever) just as he exits, "God bless you in case you sneeze." "Thank

you. I

may." Talk about preventive medicine! (Actually, this relationship just

dawned on me after I'd been talking to a class about the nursery rhyme


Around a-Rosy" and its imitation of the plague-stricken.)