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01:23:40 AM Nov 9th 2012
07:14:51 PM Mar 11th 2012
I was reminded of a classic bit from the first season of the US "Whose Line is it Anyway?" It was from the "Three Headed Opera Star" game where the song was "You've Got Sole" from the musical "Something about a Shoe." Wayne, Drew and Ryan sang in order:

Wayne: A shoe... Drew: Who... Ryan: Gesundheit!
03:13:48 PM Jan 7th 2011
Suppose the person says, "Bless you" instead of "Gesuntheit"? Does it still count as this trope? I'm thinking of the shark-jumping Flintstones where Pebbles would see The Great Gazoo, and call out. Wilma would respond, "Bless you."

09:37:20 PM Mar 12th 2011
It counts. I just added it.

Huh, it is pretty remarkable how this trope almost always uses that exact word, given that when characters sneeze for real, others will say "Bless you" at least as often as anything else.

I have two hypotheses as to why. One is that in the context of a response to dialogue (instead of a sneeze) "Bless you" could be misinterpreted by the audience as "Thank you!" or "Good luck!". (For example, "Here, have some hors'd'ouvres." "Bless you!") The other is a simple Rule of Funny whereby humor results when one strange-sounding word is immediately followed by another.
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