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Why We Say Gesundheit When Someone Sneezes

Why We Say Gesundheit When Someone Sneezes

Today I found out about the meaning of the word “gesundheit” and other sneeze etiquette around the world. You are probably accustomed to hearing or saying “bless you” after someone sneezes. In Germany, it’s polite to say “gesundheit” after someone sneezes, which more or less means “health.” More specifically, it’s made up of the word gesund, which means healthy, and the suffix ­–heit, which means –hood. There’s also the Yiddish zu gesunt, which, you guessed it, also means “health.”, which also means health, and from there developed the Afrikaans’ very similar There’s also the Yiddish which, you guessed it, also means “health.” “Health” is the preferred response in many other countries as well. Along with gesundheit, in German you could also say helf Gott!

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