bless you

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bless you!

  1. Short for (may) God bless you: said as a short prayer for the recipient.
  2. (idiomatic) Said to someone who has just sneezed, as a polite remark.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Saying bless you after a sneeze is not considered particularly religious. The remark is used by those who belong to a religion as well as those who do not. In the same way, irreligious recipients of the remark are unlikely to feel irritated by it. Some speakers who are not comfortable saying bless you might instead use the German loanword gesundheit.