Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 15:50:12 EST From: Monkmag Subject: Re: Sneeze In a message dated 10/24/97 4:26:49 AM, you wrote: <<} }And while I'm at it, doesn't saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes go back to }the Black Death and sneezing as a symptom of plague? Remember that lovely bit }of dialogue from _The Lady's Not for Burning_, said by the priest (abbot, friar }whoever) just as he exits, "God bless you in case you sneeze." "Thank you. I }may." Talk about preventive medicine! (Actually, this relationship just }dawned on me after I'd been talking to a class about the nursery rhyme "Ring }Around a-Rosy" and its imitation of the plague-stricken.) I thought it was because your spirit left you when you sneezed, leaving you vulnerable to the devil. Well, back around the Plague era, anyway. Aaron>> Both seem quite plausible, and very instructive. Thankyou. Monk