[[GratuitousGerman German equivalent of "Bless you"]] (lit. "health").

A joke in which one character says an unusual name or a long, odd-sounding or uncommon word, and another character reacts by saying "gesundheit" or "bless you," as though the first character just sneezed.

A common form of the joke is for the IdiotHero or TheBigGuy to start things off by using an [[{{Malaproper}} incorrect term]], only to reply "gesundheit" when corrected by another character, as in the following hypothetical example:

->'''Big Guy:''' True Art is Dialectic.\\
'''Smart Guy:''' ''Didactic.''\\
'''Big Guy:''' Gesundheit.

In this form, the trope is used to illustrate the character's lack of intelligence: not only did he get the original word wrong, he failed to recognize the correct word when provided with it, mistaking it for nonsense (whether it actually sounds anything like a sneeze or not). It can also be used by a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} or someone so naive that they honestly don't recognize the word.

The trope is also employed more knowingly by {{Deadpan Snarker}}s in order to comment on odd and hard-to-pronounce names and words. In some cases they may intentionally set the gag up for themselves by making an error deliberately, counting on the other character to unwittingly play the StraightMan and correct them. In this form, it can overlap with AccidentalMisnaming.

Compare CallingMeALogarithm.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Creator/TheFiresignTheater's ''AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger'' has the butler, Catherwood, blurting out [[Music/TheBeatles "Goo goo ga joob"]] and Nick responding "Gesundheit."
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played with in one story of ''ArchieComics'', where they come to an aid of a young foreign prince. Jughead always says Gesundheit whenever the prince mentions the name of his country, "Kashew".
* In ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' #275, when Jubilee meets an alien called Ch'od:
-->'''Ch'od:''' I'm Ch'od.
-->'''Jubilee:''' Gesundheit!
-->'''Ch'od:''' That's my name, small mammal.
-->'''Jubilee:''' Oh. I knew that.
* In the ''Comicbook/JohanAndPeewit'' book introducing ComicBook/TheSmurfs, Peewit says "bless you" the first time they are mentioned.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a strip of ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', Hammie tries and fails to say Gesundheit multiple times. His mother asks why he doesn't just say "Bless you."
-->'''Hammie:''' Too hard to say.
* In one ''{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon is pouring syrup on pancakes, when Garfield lets out a ''tremendous'' sneeze, covering Jon with the pancakes. "Gesundheit," says Jon.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Hoofstuck}}'':
-->''RD: Look, Twah, I know you love your magic and all, but there must be a better place to practice your long distance tellykismesis.''\\
''RD: Gesundheit.''
* ''[[FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless Sonic Generations: Friendship is Timeless]]'':
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applejack]]''': Ah don't know what that is, but Ah don't think Pinkie Pie knows anythin' about no nin… ten… du…\\
'''[[VideoGame/SonicGenerations Espio]]''': Ninjutsu.\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': Gesundheit.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/471059/1/Samurai-Powerpuffs Samurai Powerpuffs]]'', whenever WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack says "Aku", WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls think he's sneezing and say "Gesundheit". Since Jack has never heard of this expression, he thinks the girls are using InsistentTerminology on how to say Aku's name. Later, the group catches on to the misunderstanding. Later, when the girls say "Aku", Jack playfully says "Gesundheit".
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Played with in ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' when Mushu is giving Mulan suggestions for a boy's name to use for her {{Masquerade}}:
--> '''Mushu:''' Try Ah... ah... Chu!\\
'''Mulan:''' Achoo.\\
'''Shang:''' Achoo?\\
'''Mushu:''' Gesundheit. I kill myself.
* ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'': When Rapunzel first tells Flynn her name. Justified due to Flynn's status as the film's chief DeadpanSnarker.
-->'''Flynn:''' All right, Blondie--\\
'''Rapunzel:''' Rapunzel.\\
({{Beat}})\\
'''Flynn:''' Gesundheit.
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', after Old Fred pleads his case to Ringo:
-->'''Ringo:''' Oh, your story has touched me heart. Jump in (''the car''), we'll get me friends.
-->'''Old Fred:''' Oh, bless you!
-->'''Ringo:''' Did I sneeze?
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A self-deprecating example from ''Film/LastActionHero'':
-->'''Danny:''' You think you're funny, don't you?\\
'''Jack:''' I know I am. I'm the famous comedian Arnold Braunschweiger.\\
'''Danny:''' Schwarzenegger!\\
'''Jack:''' Gesundheit.
* Played with in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. The character played by Dave Chappelle is actually named Achoo. His name is mistaken for a sneeze -- Ahsneeze is his father -- [[PhraseCatcher every time a character hears it for the first time]], and one character follows up by thinking he's a Jew.
* In ''Film/DerSchuhDesManitu'', a German comedy, one character is called Abahachi (''"hatschi"'' is the German onomatopoeia for a sneeze. When Dimitri mentions his name, Karl May (a half-conscious drunk in this movie, the writer of several popular westerns in Germany in real life) mumbles "Gesundheit".
* In ''Film/AFairlyOddSummer'', Timmy's parents react this way when he meets them in Hawaii and greets them with, "Mahalo".
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[[folder:Literature]]
* From ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'':
-->"What's ''that''?" said Ron, pointing at a large dish of some sort of shellfish stew that stood beside a large steak-and-kidney pudding.\\
"Bouillabaisse," said Hermione.\\
"Bless you," said Ron.
* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'': The original book contains a dragged-out scene where Owl says they must "issue" a reward for Eeyore's tail, and Pooh replies "What did you say we should do with a reward? You sneezed just as you were about to tell me." They go back and forth on this several times.
** The trailer for the [[Disney/WinnieThePooh 2011 film]] has a scene in which Owl says that they must "issue a reward." Pooh interrupts with "gesundheit," saying that Owl sneezed. Owl replies that "the word is 'issue,' not 'achoo,'" Pooh suggests that he's catching a cold and Eeyore says he'll probably catch it too.
** The Russian version, and its animated adaptation, achieved the same joke by having Owl use various words that ''sound'' like sneezes. And to top it all off, in the animated version [[ShesAManInJapan she]] really ''does'' have a sneezing fit by the end of the conversation.
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar The Mage Winds Trilogy]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, where a wolf-like creature's name is mispronounced as "Hashi." He doesn't correct them because his real name really DOES sound like a sneeze.
* There's a moment in ''Literature/TheWarlockInSpiteOfHimself'' where Rod Gallowglass is talking with a ghost who makes a reference to "the chamber with the strange device." Rod recognizes this as resembling a recurring line from a famous poem, and adds the word that always comes next in the poem: "Excelsior." The ghost, who apparently doesn't know the poem, replies, "Gesundheit."
* Lampshaded in ''Scoop'' when a foreign gentlemen introduces himself by making a sneezing sound, then says, "That is my name."
* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Original Sin'', Benny says "Bless you" when offered a tisane by Provost-Major Beltempest. Beltempest doesn't realise she was making a joke, and explains what a tisane is.
* Used in Section31Rogue.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TopGear'':
-->'''James:''' What would you say if I said, [[TheUnpronounceable Perodua Kelisa]]?\\
'''Richard:''' Ooh, bless you!
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', where it's part of a joke being told:
-->"Knock, Knock."\\
"Who's there?"\\
"Kosh."\\
"Kosh who?"\\
"Gesundheit."
* In the ''{{Xena}}'' episode "Warrior...Princess...", a Xena look-a-like named Diana (who happens to be a princess!), is sharing a meal with some poor people;
-->'''Peasant girl:''' What is that? ''(referring to the chakram)''\\
'''Diana:''' Oh, this? This is... my round killing thing.\\
'''Gabrielle:''' "Chakram".\\
'''Diana:''' Bless you.
* This became a running gag on the Trevor and Simon sketches in ''[[SaturdayMorningKidsShow Live And Kicking]]'' whenever ''Series/EastEnders'' star Letitia Dean was a guest.
-->'''Trevor:''' Pleased to meet you, Latoya.\\
'''Letitia:''' "Letitia".\\
'''Trevor & Simon:''' Bless you!
* Cordelia has this reaction when Series/{{Angel}} sends her to speak to some transuding furies in "That Old Gang of Mine".
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
-->'''Hodgins:''' ''Aegialia concinna''.
-->'''Dr. Saroyan:''' Gesundheit.
-->'''Hodgins:''' Also known as scarab beetles.
* A variation/subversion occurs on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
-->'''John:''' Fantastic!
-->'''Sherlock:''' Meretricious.
-->'''Lestrade:''' And a Happy New Year.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': In "Margaret's Engagement," Hawkeye, B.J. and Potter are eavesdropping on Frank's phone conversation to his mother:
-->'''Hawkeye:''' He's crying.
-->'''B.J.:''' Catharsis.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' Gesundheit.
* Series/SpittingImage: In one sketch Ronald Reagan is rambling about Mikhail Gorbachev, while (then) Vice President George Bush Sr. and US Chief of Staff Donald Regan listen and roll their eyes.
-->'''Donald Regan''': "What's he on about?"
-->'''George Bush''': "Glasnost."
-->'''President Reagan''': "God bless you, George."
-->'''George Bush''': "Oh, and perestroika."
-->'''President Reagan''': "Will you guys stop sneezing!"
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[[folder:Music]]
* Parodied in a cover of "Minnie the Moocher:"
-->'''Singer:''' Aaaaaaaaachoo!\\
'''Audience:''' Aaaaaaaaachoo!\\
'''Singer:''' [complex string of nonsense lyrics]\\
'''Audience:''' Aaaaaaachoo!\\
'''Singer:''' Gesundheit.
* In Fernando Delgadillo's [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs acid-fueled]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh6p4e7icgw song]] about a noontime traffic jam resembling the Sahara:
-->''Guarda ese que trae cara de fumador the hachís...'' [Watch out for that guy, who looks like a hashish smoker...]\\
''Salud'' [Gesundheit.]\\
''¡No, hachís!'' [No, hashish!]\\
''¡Salud, menso!'' [Gesundheit, dunce!]\\
''Gracias.'' [Thanks]\\
''De nada, hermano.'' (Bless you, brother.]
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In a segment on ''SesameStreet'', Grover is dressed up as a cowboy and sitting on a horse. He shouts out "Saskatchewan!" -- "Gesundheit!" replies the horse.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The musical ''Wonderful Town'' has several instances in the spoken patter of "Swing!" Here's one:
-->'''Ruth:''' I want my favorite dish.\\
'''Chorus:''' Fish!\\
'''Ruth:''' Gesundheit.\\
'''Chorus:''' Thanks.\\
'''Ruth:''' It's nothing.
* ''Merrily We Roll Along'' has one in "Bobby and Jackie and Jack" as the characters imagine the Kennedys' White House cultural events:
-->'''Beth:''' ''(in character as Jackie Kennedy)'' And Galina... Vishnevskaya --\\
'''Charley and Frank:''' Gesundheit.\\
'''Beth:''' -- the Russian soprano. Just pronouncing her name is refreshing enough!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Grand Theft Auto III}}'' : One of the cheat codes of the game is "gesundheit". Kind of funny considering the protagonist is not named and doesn't talk.
* From the InteractiveFiction game ''{{VideoGame/Planetfall}}'':
-->"'''VideoGame/{{zork}}'''"\\
"Gesundheit!"
* From the 2011 Halloween event in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': "A bat flies in through the window and lands on a sofa. There's a puff of smoke, and where the bat was sitting is a sorority girl vampire in a weirdly post-modern sexy Halloween costume. "N-n-n-nosferatu!" you stammer. "Um, like, bless you?" the vampire says, and leaps straight at your throat.
* From the ''SpongebobSquarepants'' game ''[[SpongebobSquarepantsBattleForBikiniBottom Battle for Bikini Bottom]]'':
-->'''Patrick:''' Here's your golden back scratcher!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''Spatula''.\\
'''Patrick:''' Gesundheit.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Used in the Rooster Teeth series ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with Jaune Arc not knowing the word "Aura." Yes... Aura.
* Used in an episode of the flash series ''UnforgottenRealms'' as a RunningGag with the word "delinquent".
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2004-08-04 Piffany gets one:]]
-->'''Yeagar:''' Look out! ''Shuriken!''\\
'''Piffany:''' Gesundheit.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] turns this into a running gag when discussing Atreyu from ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory''.
* In ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', the Dwarf averts it:
-->'''The Enchantress:''' ''(reading a location on the map)'' Chnaffon!\\
'''The Ranger:''' Gesundheit.\\
'''The Barbarian:''' Gesundheit.\\
'''The Dwarf:''' Die!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''SpongebobSquarepants'':
-->'''Patrick:''' Well, I guess he's reconstituted.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Rehabilitated.\\
'''Patrick:''' Gesundheit.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', during a song.
-->'''Ferb:''' Shiatsu!\\
'''Phineas:''' Gesundheit.\\
'''Ferb:''' Thank you very much.
* ''TheFlintstones'' would have Wilma say "Bless you" in response to Pebbles calling out to the GreatGazoo.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "May the Best Pet Win", Rainbow Dash writes to Princess Celestia that she's learned the best quality to look for in a potential pet (or friend):
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' ...a certain kind of spirit, a stick-to-it-iveness. A never-give-up, can-do attitude that's the mark of a real winner, and this tortoise has it.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Tenacity.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Gesundheit.
** Also used earlier in the show when, after Rainbow Dash describes the race course and finishes with a {{Sting}} on Ghastly Gorge, a lonesome eagle cry echoes across the land...to which she zooms over to said eagle and invokes the trope.
* ''TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'', after some M.C. Escher-like staircases appear out of nowhere:
-->'''Sheba:''' Whoa. Escher!
-->'''Felix:''' Gesundheit.
* The toy dragon on ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', Stuffy, does this when the titular Doc's new toy doll from Japan, Kiko, speaks in Japanese.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'': Lydia's re-enactment of ''MobyDick'' for the Neitherworld's "Disasterpiece Theater" TV show starts off dubiously. Her first line, "Call me Ishmael," is greeted immediately with "Gesundheit!" being shouted by a stagehand.
* Zig-zag: The 1960s cartoon ''RogerRamjet'' featured the Height Brothers: Horace, Cronk and Gesund.
* This is {{WesternAnimation/Pinky|AndTheBrain}}'s response to ''Auf Wiedersehen'' (german for goodbye).
* Variant in ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'': In the episode "Space Monkey", Top Cat and his gang help Eek-Eek, a chimp from a space program, to escape and get home. Later on, when talking to Officer Dibble who's none the wiser about their scheme, they are delivered a crate of bananas and a letter signed by Eek-Eek.
-->'''Top Cat's gang:''' Eek-Eek!
-->'''Officer Dibble:''' What's all this "Eek-Eek" stuff?
-->'''Top Cat:''' Guess the boys just have a touch of indigestion.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy}}'': In "Test of Time", Billy has a magical remote from Grim that allows him to literally rewind time and generally uses it to goof off. After metting Mandy and getting her to say "pinhead" over for some laughs, Mandy starts getting a suspicion of events repeating themselves.
-->'''Mandy:''' Hmm, deja vu.
-->'''Billy:''' Gesundheit.
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