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Why do we say “bless you” when people sneeze?

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The truth is — we’re not entirely sure, but the practice may be as old as time. We know that the Ancient Romans did, as Pliny writes in his Natural History:

Why is it that we salute a person when he sneezes, an observation which Tiberius Caesar, they say, the most unsociable of men, as we all know, used to exact?

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Raluca Enescu

Raluca Enescu

Small charity manager; workers’ rights advocate; data cruncher; purveyor of pretty graphs. Writing in History of Yesterday, Illumination and The Daily Cuppa.

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