...I hate it when people say 'bless you' when I sneeze!
How on Earth did it become 'good manners' to strike up a conversation with a stranger who is in a compromised position?
If I have just sneezed and have snot hanging out of my nostrils, the last thing I want is to have someone draw attention to it by 'politely' saying 'bless you', to which I am obligated to reply 'thank you' while scrabbling about for a handkerchief to wipe mucus off my face.
Since moving to the States, it has got even worse. Complete strangers will say 'bless you' to you if you sneeze in a public space, or even more maddeningly, 'God bless you'.
As a snuff-taking atheist, I have developed a strong aversion to this ridiculous practice.
It's actually affecting my snuff taking habits. My bosses and work colleagues know all about my weird habit, and I snuff openly in my office.
Sometimes though, I decide not to because I don't want to sit through the barrage of 'bless-yous' which inevitably follow.
At least three people bless me every time I take snuff :(
Who's with me?
Does this annoying practice deserve to
die out, or am I just being a grumpy b*****d? :D