Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:57:44 -0400 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: - no subject (01IP5OGNV35Q8X2EE4) - Michael's right, of course; "Bless you" is the subjunctive wish that God may bless you. And I agree with Peter that the speaker may or may not be religious and has no reason to know whether or not I am. Mine is a kneejerk reaction to childhood "blessings" and admonitions, I suppose--so all right already, I'll start saying "Thank you"!