I just happened to sneeze and one of the staff said “Gesundheit!”, instead of the typical “Bless you!”. Occasionally people will tell me that instead of bless you, but I usually don’t think about it, figuring that it just meant bless you in German. However today was different. Being an ever curious librarian, I decided that I needed to look it up.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, gesundheit means:

German, literally, health, from gesund healthy (from Old High German gisunt) + -heit -hood
—used to wish good health especially to one who has just sneezed

Fascinating and useless, isn’t it? 🙂


About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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