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southernleftylady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:24 PM
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When someone says "God Bless You".. what do you say?
Since I'm a flight attendant and have to say "Buh Bye" to HUNDREDS of people every day I get a few "god bless you"s thru out the day.. and I say thank you to those people who say it to me because I know they mean well..
but what do you say?
or what do you WANT to say when someone says that to you?
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Ioo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:25 PM
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1. "Thank you"
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slj0101 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:25 PM
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2. umm..thanks?
:shrug:

I'd rather be blessed than cursed.
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Kookaburra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:25 PM
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3. Bless you back.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:26 PM
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4. Thank you
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cassiepriam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:26 PM
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5. Thank you.
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:26 PM
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6. "Bless you too"
:-)
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rhiannon55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:26 PM
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7. "Thanks, and Goddess bless you, too!"
The looks on their faces are priceless!
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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8. Thank you.It is always intended well and blessings from any source should be welcomed!
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:33 PM
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28. Exactly.
Well said, saracat.

I'm not a believer, but I consider "God bless you" to be well intentioned. After all, it's not as though they're telling me "May you burn in Hell" (although they might if we talked further.)
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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9. If it's after a flight - they're probably thankful to have landed safely
I hate to fly, and usually have the white-knuckled hands clenched thing going on till we are on the ground.
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southernleftylady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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12. LOL you are prob right ;) lol nt
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teriyaki jones Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:35 PM
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33. I make it a practice to thank the PILOTS for flying safely
if the cockpit doors are open as I'm getting off a plane. Always very grateful to be back on solid ground. I highly recommend Xanax or similar for white-knuckled flyers--it sure has helped me!

tj
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:52 PM
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51. I use a well-known drug called gin and tonic
and it's the flight attendants who bring them to me!
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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10. I say "I am blessed"
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southernleftylady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:28 PM
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14. I like that :) nt
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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11. I abandoned the God Concept years ago, but I say "Thank you."
You could start saying "Fuck off."

But I doubt it would do your career any good.


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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:32 PM
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26. LOL! (really--out loud)
i always say thank you

but i never never bless anyone

if a kid sneezes in front of me (and there is another kid waiting for me to say something) i laugh and move backwards as if the wind is blowing me and remark on the big sneeze!
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:27 PM
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13. "learn to think for yourself"
depending on the situation
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verse18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:28 PM
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15. Okay, or
uh huh, mostly.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:28 PM
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16. Thank you
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:29 PM
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17. I only hear it after I sneeze
so I always say "thank you".
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Dhalgren Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:29 PM
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18. I say, "Thanks anyway."
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:29 PM
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19. Thank you or sometimes nothing at all
Depending on the situation. My reply would be the same if they were saying "May The Spaghetti Monster Bless You." To each their own.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:29 PM
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20. Even though I am an atheist, I still say thank you.
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:42 PM
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41. Ditto
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:29 PM
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21. "Thank you."
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ripple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:30 PM
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22. Thank you, of course
Even though I don't subscribe to their religion, I appreciate the good will.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:31 PM
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23. I kick them in the crotch!
Because I'm a militant atheist!

Actually, although I really am a fairly militant atheist, I say, "Thank you," and I try to smile.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:31 PM
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24. Roll my eyes in the back of my head
start levitating, projectile vomit split pea soup and say "Thanks, hon!"
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:32 PM
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25. Depends on how many times they say it.
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 02:32 PM by skypilot
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. SHUT UP!!!"

I have very bad hay fever and can sneeze up to twenty times in a row. I know some people who will sit there and say "God Bless you" after every damn sneeze. That has got to be one of the most exquisitely annoying things in the world.
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rhiannon55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:35 PM
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32. I hate that, too!
Feeling like I'm EXPECTED to acknowledge every "god bless you" in the middle of a sneeze attack pisses me off no end. Once or twice is ENOUGH.
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:05 PM
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59. The only one to say it a lot to me was this homeless man
We gave him some work (picked up trash in the parking lot) in exchange for food and drink. Every time I went to his table to refill his drink or bring him anything he would say "God bless you, M'am". He was soft-spoken and polite and I gave him some of my tips before he left.

We had homeless camp out by the dumpster next door last year. This year they aren't there. I don't know whether the cops ran them off or if they found a better spot.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:25 PM
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65. LOL!
I know people that do that too. Another thing that is annoying is when someone sneezes, and no one says "bless you", they get an attitude since no one said anything.
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:32 PM
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27. I say thanks
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 02:34 PM by Marnieworld
I do not believe in God/Gods but I'm not an asshole about it. I know that anyone saying this is only trying to be nice in the way that they are familiar with. I think I have actually used the phrase myself once or twice when feeling extreme gratitude (you just saved my dog from oncoming traffic or something) because I am trying to communicate and perhaps that phrase will do it.

To hear it in your case, smile and say thanks of course since you are working. If another time you hear it and the circumstances permit or encourage a more honest response (I don't really understand what that means but I wish you well also) or snarky (may the Spaghetti monster touch you with his noodly appendage)than go for what you feel comfortable.

I guess my babbling points to, the phrase makes me feel left out but what else is new? :hi:

on edit:
link to my own recent post about this phrase which in another context I have a completely different feel.
:P

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:34 PM
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29. "And you"
:hi:
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:34 PM
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30. same to you also
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:34 PM
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31. No one has ever said God Bless You to me
except for the sneezing thing.

Well how about that.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:43 PM
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42. yes - I had to think about it, but
even when I sneeze they simply say, "Bless you."
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Ioo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:43 PM
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45. Robbien, God Bless you (Any god, Take your pick)
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:53 PM
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53. Two reasons come to mind
1) It's regional and in your area it's not common.

2) You're mean as heck and no one ever wanted to bless you. ............ teasing! ;)

May the blessings of the universe be heaped upon you!
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:36 PM
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34. "and you too".
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:38 PM
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35. Since this topic comes up periodically, is there a suitable alternative?
In general, I think "Bless you" is offered in the spirit of goodwill and by force of habit. I think very few people intend it literally or out of spite; it's just a pleasantry offered to a stranger or a sneezer, from my POV.

So, quite seriously: We're a smarter than average bunch here on DU and remarkably diverse. If anyone can come up with a viable alternative, I think we can and even put it into practice.

Anyone?
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:18 PM
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85. I'm smarter than the average person, religious, and have no problem with "God Bless You"
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 06:20 PM by Leopolds Ghost
Its use after sneezing, however, is ritualistic and hence of an older order of religious belief.

You might as well take offense to throwing salt over someone's shoulder, or trying to preserve a sacred mountain from redevelopment.

If it comforts you, know that in the Roman era, when pagans said "May Jupiter save you", the Christians would reply... "we believe in Jupiter... we believe he's a demon from hell sent to decieve you!" So as you see, two can play that game. :evilfrown:

On Edit: The interesting thing I'd like to know is how often religious DUers like me find themselves to the left of atheist DUers on other issues... for me it happens quite a lot, especially pocketbook issues. I live in a very secular and wealthy area. Most rich people I've met don't care about religion except as a tool to manipulate people. They view EVERYTHING as a tool to manipulate people, including music, architecture and the arts.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:39 PM
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36. Poseidon Protect You from Floods
Okay, not really, but it would be fun.

TlalocW
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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:39 PM
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37. Yes, Zeus is powerful and good.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:39 PM
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38. I say: 'That wasn't me ...
who sneezed." ;-)
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:40 PM
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39. Thank You
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WorseBeforeBetter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:42 PM
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40. I do the smile and nod, unless after a sneeze - then it's "thank you." (n/t)
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 02:46 PM by TWriterD
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Pathwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:43 PM
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43. Gesundheit!
Okay, they look at me funny, but they get the point.
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kirby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:43 PM
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44. Have a nice day or Thank you
I take 'Bless you' to be a casual greeting by many. So I respond with my own casual greeting of 'Have a nice day' or something like that.

Now, when politicians start with the God Bless America (as if God wants the rest of the world to go fuck themselves), it bothers me. But not the casual greeting.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:24 PM
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86. Yes, religious leftists should mount a campaign against God Bless America
The song is both simplistic, blasphemous for those of us who actually are christian; jingoistic, and insensitive.

It is most popular amongst people for whom religion is no more than a tool to divide and unify the nation and keep soldiers' agression focused externally so that the violent society they've created will not collapse internally ("Gott Mit Uns".)

Why can't we all sing "America the Beautiful" instead? "God shed her grace on thee" is more of a request than the demanding, jingoistic "God bless America, land of the free" and it is a better tune with more neutral, less nationalistic lyrics.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:44 PM
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46. It drives me fucking nuts.
My wife always says "bless you" when I sneeze. Never "geshundheit" nor "excuse you" nor does she ever just leave it alone. I can be in the other room and she'll say "bless you." I can be out in the garden and I'll hear a faint "bless you" eminating from the house after I sneeze. I live in dread that I'll be home alone watching TV while she's out, and I'll sneeze, and I'll hear her disembodied voice saying "bless you." She says "bless you" to the dogs when they sneeze. One time I caught her saying "bless you" to a TV character. Worse, she absolutely insists I say it to her when she sneezes and if I don't she makes a huge issue out of it.

God damn bless you.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:27 PM
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87. Sounds like the evil eye ;-)
A mixture of worms-wort and spices, buried in the crossroads along with a
fine tailored suit for Papa Legba, should cure that wife problem of yours.

(Seriously, I don't think voodoo and "god bless you" count as quite the same sort of religion, as theism. It is a different philosophy of how the world works entirely, concerned with superstition and cause/effect.)
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Red Zelda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:49 PM
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47. "Go fuck yourself"
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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:51 PM
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48. He touched me with his noodly appendage...eom
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FyurFly Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:51 PM
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49. Thank you n/t
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slowry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:51 PM
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50. Cheers, beb. n/t
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:52 PM
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52. "take care." nt
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:55 PM
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54. I didn't sneeze. n/t
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:56 PM
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55. Thank you. n/t
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:57 PM
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56. Ah choo, with a friendly smile.
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 02:58 PM by glitch
Edit: it's kind of like 'and you' only funnier IMO.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:58 PM
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57. Or the ever popular "Have a blessed day"...n/t
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:58 PM
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58. Thank you
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:08 PM
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60. Thank you.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:08 PM
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61. Thank you.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:09 PM
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62. Thank you. Or and also you.
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stirlingsliver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:13 PM
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63. "Thus Sprak Zarathustra"
I just roll my eyes adn say, "Thus Sprak Zarathustra".

I say it as I bow my head slightly while bringing my hand up to my chin.
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Kelly Rupert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:48 PM
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77. I believe you mean, "Also Sprach Zarathustra",
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 04:48 PM by Kelly Rupert
or perhaps "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." You've combined the German and the English there.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:55 PM
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79. Or maybe it's an anagram for "Shut Spark, has raza turt"
Which is meaningless, but inspirational.
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Kelly Rupert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 05:00 PM
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82. Pronounced backwards, you have "Artsuhtaraz Karpssuth,"
which would probably get you a second "god bless you."
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:14 PM
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64. Where I live everyone says "Have a blessed day".
One day I called a state agency. The person I needed to talk to was out so I got her voice mail. At the end of her message she said "Have a blessed day".

Later I spoke to a person further up the chain in the agency and commented that it seemed inappropriate for a government agency. I did not press the matter but several months later when I called back to the original person her outgoing message had been changed.

Is "Have a blessed day" a religious message? Does it have a christan bias or is it religion neutral?
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FuzzyDicePHL Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:29 PM
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66. My response is usually,
"Thank you, SOMEbody needs to bless me..." :P
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:33 PM
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67. "Thank you"...
I think most people who would say something like that to you are just trying to be nice. I have had worse things said to me. :shrug:
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Henryman Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:39 PM
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68. Amy Sadaris suggests.....
"General humanitarian benefits towards you"
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:39 PM
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76. God bless Amy Sedaris!
What a gal! The Most High and Royal Queen of Proper Pantyhose Application.



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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 03:42 PM
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69. a hearty "All Hail Discordia" usually does the trick.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:31 PM
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88. "Ea! The Void is coming to swallow the Universe. My Master is waiting behind the curtain of reality"
"...huh? what'd I say?"

:evilgrin:
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:29 PM
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70. "Thank you." Sometimes I add, "I need it."
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 04:30 PM by WinkyDink
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OPERATIONMINDCRIME Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:30 PM
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71. Thank You; Of Course. Lest I Be An Impolite Nose Lifter.
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yasmina27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:32 PM
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72. I cover my bases, in case I'm wrong
and just say thank you. What ever your belief, hey, eventually someone's gotta be right. Why cut off your nose to spite your face?

Besides, I need all the help I can get, heathen that I am :)
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Jonathan50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:33 PM
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73. You too..
And I'm an atheist.

There is no need to insult those who are wishing you well.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:33 PM
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74. "Praise to Buddha." seriously...
"Thank you and bless you too."

Gods, kings and commoners alike may proffer blessings.

Someone is just sending positive vibes your way...take 'em! :-)
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Kelly Rupert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:36 PM
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75. As a committed atheist, I say
"thanks."
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:49 PM
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78. Sigh. One more time... the appropriate response is "Fuck you, Adolf! Return my Bill of Rights!"
We can't cut those blessofascists even the slightest bit of slack.
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:56 PM
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80. thanks!
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Toucano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 04:58 PM
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81. Thank you. n/t
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:07 PM
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83. How about: "He already has."
:evilgrin:

Geez, not this again.

On the other hand, I like the "All Hail Discordia" option,

but since I DO believe in god, how about:

"You have no chance to survive make your time. Ha ha ha"

Or maybe: "Bless GOD, America"
(a bumper sticker on the car of a christian leftist anarchist
who was sick of seeing "God bless america" on car windows)

Aren't your colleagues (airline stewards, not atheists) prone
to sticking your noses in the air when you say "Buh-bye" to
thousands of people, anyhow? One of the things I like about
people raised in church (or maybe it is just because they are
from the South/Midwest) is most of them do know how to be
sweet to strangers... even if they are secretly a sourpuss.
I am getting tired of dealing with decidedly secular folks
in my community who couldn't care less about doing anything
on a collective basis, with them it is all "me, me, me" and
"my time is not free" and they are all anti-Bush lefties to
boot... When I tell them that the Lutheran Volunteer Corps
is all-volunteer and doesn't pay anybody to do the sort of
community organizing that I am trying to get them to do for
free, they give me a quizzical look.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:10 PM
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84. "May your asshole be clenched at all times" -- the perfect response for secular and religious DUers!
Courtesy of R. Crumb.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 06:50 PM
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89. "Thank you." n/t
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 07:26 PM
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90. I'd smile and say "thank you!"
As it's almost always intended in a kind way, why take it any other?
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-04-07 07:56 PM
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91. Thanks anyway?
Edited on Wed Apr-04-07 07:56 PM by Zhade
Depends on the context. If it's specifically "GOD bless you", I do find the arrogant assumption that I'm christian off-putting, but usually just don't respond (not really going to endorse the idea, you know).

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varkam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-04-07 10:36 PM
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92. "May you live in interesting times"
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-04-07 11:41 PM
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93. Usually "thank you".
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Evoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-05-07 12:02 AM
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94. I've already answered this:
Edited on Thu Apr-05-07 12:02 AM by Evoman
My usual response is a flying roundhouse, followed by a piercing palmstrike, and concluded with a dragon plexus punch. If they are still standing, the patented "five across the eye" finishes them.

And then when they are knocked out, I like to finish by saying something witty...like "Bless you...to pieces".
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-05-07 08:58 AM
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95. Reminds me of the Henny Youngman joke: "I dreamed that I was
talking to god. God sneezed. I didn't know what to say"

Rimshot and laugh line.
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