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Re: "Bless You"
« Reply #50 on: May 14, 2021, 12:56:35 PM »

Interestingly, "Gesundheit" is actually the only word I know in German, probably since it is so common to hear after sneezes.

I used to have a teacher that said "Gesundheit", and I came to really like it. It sounds like an expression you'd use when you're surprised or scared, almost like "goodness gracious". So it seems more like poking fun than wishing blessing, which is arguably preferable anyways with your friends and family.  :biggrin:
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Re: "Bless You"
« Reply #51 on: May 17, 2021, 09:06:44 AM »

Interestingly, "Gesundheit" is actually the only word I know in German, probably since it is so common to hear after sneezes.

I used to have a teacher that said "Gesundheit", and I came to really like it. It sounds like an expression you'd use when you're surprised or scared, almost like "goodness gracious". So it seems more like poking fun than wishing blessing, which is arguably preferable anyways with your friends and family.  :biggrin:

It sounds like something someone would yell at you when they were mad.
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Re: "Bless You"
« Reply #52 on: May 18, 2021, 04:04:25 PM »

It sounds like something someone would yell at you when they were mad.

That's just because it's German.

I knew a guy from Poland who described the German language as being like "barking through a sheet".
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Re: "Bless You"
« Reply #53 on: May 18, 2021, 04:14:55 PM »

I seem to remember reading somewhere that in the 19th century, German was culturally seen as a beautiful, poetic language. Stuff was perceived to just sound better in German.

During the mid-20th century, that perception got attached to French, and German was seen as a harsh, angry-sounding language. Can't imagine what happened in the 20th century to cause that shift in perception...
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Re: "Bless You"
« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2021, 10:03:51 AM »

"German is a guttural language.  Dutch is a throat disease."
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