Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 16:27:53 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: unctuous speech I agree with you about the uses of politeness--who wouldn't? But the oil analogy is misleading: clocks need oil, but not on the tips of the hands. Clocks need oil, but salad oil will not do. "Bless you" is just salad oil on the hands.