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date: 21 May 2022

sneezing. 

Source:
A Dictionary of English Folklore
Author(s):
Jacqueline SimpsonJacqueline Simpson, Steve RoudSteve Roud

The belief that a sneeze should be answered by others with a verbal blessing or salutation such as ‘Bless you!’ is, as far as we can tell, almost universal, and old enough to be quoted by many classical writers. In Britain, the belief has grown up that the custom stems from the Great Plague, but it is clear that it goes back long before that, as for example in ... ...

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