Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:08:04 -0600
From: Bonnie Briggs BBRIGGS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMIN2.MEMPHIS.EDU
Subject: Re: "Bless you" (was "Good morning")
This stereotype of uncivil New Yorkers is once again refuted. New Yorkers are
brusque, but often quite compassionate. "Bless You" is just one example of
the unheralded side of this misunderstood breed of urban animal.
Since when was brusque considered polite? This type of speech is often seen
as a face-threatening act which in turn requires one to resort to "saving
face". The use of "Bless you" is a linguistic element of speech used more
extensively by some than others. The question is who is more apt to use it
and is this a regional thing. If so, why?
The University of Memphis