Why does our culture suggest that we have to say something to someone after s/he sneezes?
Because it's the polite thing to do.
It's ridiculous. www.youtube.com/watch?v=KinXzRCjY4A&sns=em
Hahahaha! I remember that episode. It's still the polite thing to do though. 😜
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It's from old superstitions and has simply become common practice.
If a person sneezes I will say gesundheit purely out of habit.
Saying nothing is considered somewhat rude. There's even a Seinfield about it:).
I couldn't agree with you more.
Yup! It's a stupid and invasive custom.