Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 09:08:04 -0600 From: Bonnie Briggs 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? Bonnie Briggs The University of Memphis