Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 17:15:14 PDT From: Amy Schroeder 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 pie," > just from a different source, and that the bargee was upset to be called the > 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 back > to > the Black Death and sneezing as a symptom of plague? Remember that lovely bit > of dialogue from _The Lady's Not for Burning_, said by the priest (abbot, > friar > 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 "Ring > Around a-Rosy" and its imitation of the plague-stricken.) > >