Today I proposed a question to a few coworkers during our Monday morning catch up chit chat. I gave out a little cough as we were talking and one of my co workers said “Bless you” to which I replied, “Oh It was a cough” but then I thought about it for a moment and said, “Why isn’t there a something said after a cough?”
I know the origin of saying “Bless you” or “God Bless You” stems from superstitious times where the belief was that sneezing was the body forcing out evil. In a way, that is what is happening; your body is defensively expelling germs, dust or allergens that could potentially harm you. This could be the reason behind a cough too, so why don’t we say anything?
Jerry Seinfeld had a great idea on one episode of his show. He said, “if you want to make a person feel better after they sneeze, you shouldn’t say ‘God bless you’, you should say, ‘You’re soo good lookin'” Maybe I can start saying that after people cough and see if it catches on!