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originally posted by: SuperFrog
originally posted by: NoCorruptionAllowed
a reply to: SuperFrog
'Gesundheit' also is the same as saying "bless you" since wishing good health to someone is a blessing.
Just like wishing harm on someone is a curse.
But yeah, I'm sure the teacher at this school would be too dumb to know and would have accepted 'Gesundheit'
I actually disagree - gesundheit has nothing to do with religion and god's blessing. It is just saying - 'On your health' - very similar like Slavic languages.
Wishing someone health and saying that god might bless them is bit different, don't you think so?
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: NoCorruptionAllowed
Yes, but the young lady in question ALSO added God in there, right?
Her claim is that "bless you" after a sneeze is religious practice; I and others claim that's BS.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
You should read the whole thread. This issue isn't as important as you seem to think it is. The girl was acting out for the sake of acting out, was probably goaded into action by her youth pastor and wasn't even suspended for her actions.
originally posted by: beezzer
The phrase "God bless you" is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague epidemic (sneezing is an obvious symptom of one form of the plague).
Apologies if this has already been brought up.
That being said, I would never endorse violence. But if it became politically correct to punch someone in the throat because they made an issue or complained about "Bless you" then that would be something I would support.
originally posted by: lindalinda
I say Gesundheit but I have no idea what the literal translation is.
a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
originally posted by: Gryphon66
Oh good lord.
Now basic classroom rules are a plot to undermine free thought and individuality?
None of you have obviously tried to get 30 kids to do anything productive at once.
"Bless you" was restricted for an obvious reason: kids sneeze (unavoidable) and half the class wants to yell "bless you" in the middle of a test or an assignment. Every one of the other "verboten" words on the list makes perfect sense as well ... IF you've ever tried to work with groups of kids and keep them productively focused.
There are all kinds of situations in life in which it is simply inappropriate to yell out "bless you" or arbitrarily take whatever action suits ... in the BUSINESS world for one, and in frickin' CHURCH for another. Wonder what would happen if they interrupted a sermon with BLESS YOU across the sanctuary, hmmm?
Helping kids learn to be quiet and pay attention isn't indoctrination!
And neither this little girl (nor her "pastor" who admitted that she encouraged kids to be disruptive) are some kind of freedom fighter or crusader.
EDIT: * Yes, I used "verboten" above for a specific reason, because some of you are acting like a normal classroom is some kind of Nazi prison camp. I supposed encouraging the kids to pray and witness about Jesus is somehow encouraging individual thought.
I mean, hey, when I think of free thought and building strong individuals, I ALWAYS think of church, right?