Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 18:23:57 EDT From: Julia Cochran Subject: Re: hello/good-bye On Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:35:38 -0400 Ron Butters said: >I don't agree. "Bless you!" as conversational opener is pretty rare--the >idea of waiting around for strangers to sneeze before talking to them is >pretty ludicrous. Of course it is. Conversational openers hadn't really occurred to me. I was thinking more of an excuse to make contact and acknowledge another human being. For those so inclined, sneezing provides only one of many such opportunities -- other such situations abound as well. >happen, as with a dropped package--but conversation-initiation is incidental, >not functional.