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  1. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    06 May '08 17:33
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, without thinking really, just some kind of automatic pavlovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
  2. Standard member rbmorris
    Vampyroteuthis
    06 May '08 17:37
    Originally posted by uzless
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, ...[text shortened]... lovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
    Excuse me?
  3. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    06 May '08 17:41
    Originally posted by uzless
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, ...[text shortened]... lovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
    Why do you assume that all people are as idiotic as your workmates?
  4. 06 May '08 17:42
    Originally posted by uzless
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, ...[text shortened]... lovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
    I never say it myself. Maybe I am rude.

    Likewise, some people take offense if no one says, "Bless you" (or "Blesshoo", as it is often pronounced), if they sneeze.
  5. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    06 May '08 17:43
    Originally posted by Palynka
    Why do you assume that all people are as idiotic as your workmates?
    I do not see that assumption made in my original post.
  6. Subscriber shavixmir On Vacation
    Guppy poo
    06 May '08 17:43
    It stems from the time when a sneeze could wipe out a whole village...
  7. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    06 May '08 17:45
    Originally posted by lausey
    I never say it myself. Maybe I am rude.

    Likewise, some people take offense if no one says, "Bless you" (or "Blesshoo", as it is often pronounced), if they sneeze.
    People used to say Bless You back in the day because they believed sneezes were caused by ghosts that had inhabitited the persons body and by sneezing the person's body was trying to get rid of the ghost.

    By saying "Bless you" they thought this would force the ghost to leave.
  8. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    06 May '08 17:46
    Originally posted by uzless
    I do not see that assumption made in my original post.
    It's implicit. You don't even ask IF people say that, you ask WHY do they say it.
  9. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    06 May '08 17:50 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Palynka
    It's implicit. You don't even ask IF people say that, you ask WHY do they say it.
    Take it to the Semantics Forum spanky.
  10. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    06 May '08 17:52
    Originally posted by uzless
    Take it the Semantics Forum spanky.
    It's not just semantics, it's an implicit assumption.

    Or is this another round of uzless logic such as the classic:
    Free Tibet protesters were wearing Nike, ergo they are hypocrites
    ?
  11. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    06 May '08 17:53 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by uzless
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, ...[text shortened]... lovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
    Why do you assume people are as dumb as your co-workers?

    I never say "excuse me"... but will say 'thanx' if someone offers me a bless or gesundheit.

    P-

    Edit! I see Planka has already covered the assumption made.
  12. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    06 May '08 18:02
    Originally posted by Phlabibit
    [b]Edit! I see Planka has already covered the assumption made.[/b]
    Apparently, assumptions are just semantics.
  13. Subscriber Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    06 May '08 18:23
    Originally posted by shavixmir
    It stems from the time when a sneeze could wipe out a whole village...
    Bless you!
  14. Subscriber Seitse
    الحاجّ مالك الشباز
    06 May '08 18:56
    Originally posted by Palynka
    Why do you assume that all people are as idiotic as your workmates?
    He works in the Parliament, isn't it?
  15. Standard member inthegreenroom
    End Game
    06 May '08 19:24
    Originally posted by uzless
    If you sneeze in your office and no one is there but people may have heard you sneeze, why do you say "excuse me"...??


    Do you think by somehow saying "excuse me" you are forgiven for sneezing? Are people out there saying to themselves, "I can't believe she sneezed, but since said excuse me, well it's ok then."?????

    Or is it just something people do, ...[text shortened]... lovian reaction to a sneeze....."achoo..excuse me" Is that how it works?

    Explain.
    Tip your waitresses...I'll be here all week.