See also: Gesundheit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from German Gesundheit(health; soundness). Cognate with Old English gesund(sound, safe, healthy).

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gesundheit

  1. (Canada, US) Said to someone who has just sneezed.
    • 2000, Abby Frucht, Polly's Ghost: A Novel[1] (Fiction), Scribner, ISBN 9780684835891, page 55:
      I used to play a game with David and Douggie, Dennis and Drew — stop their sneezes midsniff just by placing my pinkie finger against their nostrils and saying gesundheit before it was time.
  2. (humorous) Said as a response to someone who said something difficult or convoluted.
    • 2010, Tangled (Disney movie)
      Flynn: "All right, Blondie."
      Rapunzel: "Rapunzel!"
      Flynn: "Gesundheit."

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