Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 02:05:28 EDT From: Julia Cochran Subject: Re: Your mail On Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:13:17 EDT Michael Montgomery said: >By the way, Ron, "Bless you" is not a prayer, the distinctive features >of the latter being that it is phrased in second person (often with a >vocative) and addressed directly to a deity. "Bless you" does not have >these characteristics, so far as I can discern. You're's subjunctive, with (ahem, the alleged) God in the third person and "May" deleted but presumably, at one time, understood.