Unicorndance on Oct 18th 2017 at 10:07:04 PM
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Sneezing. We all do it. Maybe we're dealing with an illness, maybe we're just allergic to something, maybe it's too cold, or too dusty or too bright note , or maybe something just got up our nose, however, whatever the reason, we do not always sneeze when appropriate, and sometimes we sneeze in the middle of a sentence or when somebody else is speaking.
Basically, this trope is for instances where either someone is speaking, but sneeze in the middle of a sentence, or someone is speaking and is interrupted by another person sneezing.
Quite often, if the person interrupts themselves with their sneeze, they will never get to finish their sentence due to being sidetracked by complaining about what's making them sneeze, stating that they're sick or allergic, another character saying "bless you" or even The Ditz thinking the sneeze was part of the sentence.
This trope is often Played for Laughs, but not necessarily. The reasons for this include the fact that a sneeze is sort of a funny sound, it's pretty much uncontrollable, and while it can be a symptom of illness, a sneeze with no direct cause far less likely to be a thing to be concerned about than, say, a cough with no direct cause, particularly if the audience is aware that Incurable Cough of Death is a trope. On the other hand, a sneeze is not embarrassing like a burp or a fart, so the writers can have a moment of comedy without worrying about potentially having to set up an Embarrassment Plot.
Compare Sneeze of Doom for another way sneezes can be annoying and contrast Anti-Sneeze Finger which is a way of interrupting oneself or someone else from sneezing. Ahem is related, except the person is coughing, and it's usually on purpose. If the interrupted phrase was somebody's catchphrase, it overlaps with either Self Botched Catchphrase or Catchphrase Interruptus, depending on who sneezed. May also overlap with Musicalis Interruptus if a song is interrupted.
Note: Only add an example if it's either important to the plot or played as a joke.
Indexes: Nose Tropes We Interrupt This Index
- In Tintin, Captain Haddock tries to complain, "We're already packed like sardines!" but sneezes in the middle of the word "sardines" and sneezes so loudly, he rips the tent apart.
- The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fanfiction "Sneezes" had a rather unusual form of this. The Symbiote inside Dax has the flu and it actually sneezes inside her when she tries to say a sentence beginning with "I don't know where we could have caught it, but I-". This is important because it leads to Benjamin Sisko finding out that symbiotes can sneeze, although in the show they likely cannot because they have no noses and there is no air in the host.
- In Beauty and the Beast, Maurice tries to say that he's never seen a talking clock, but sneezes in the middle of saying it and leads to a joke moment of Cogsworth (said talking clock) wiping his screen.
- In one of the Winnie-the-Pooh movies, Pooh and Eeyore think Owl has sneezed in the middle of a sentence, but he hasn't, which leads to more confusion.
Owl: "Yes, well, the thing to do is as follows. First, issue a reward."Pooh: "Gesundheit."Owl: "I beg your pardon."Pooh: "Well, you sneezed just as you were going to tell me what the first thing to do was."Owl: "I didn't sneeze."Eeyore: "Oh, you did, Owl."Owl: "No, I didn't! You can't sneeze without knowing it!"Pooh: "Well, you can't know it without something having been sneezed."Owl: "As I was saying, first issue a reward."Pooh: "He's doing it again. You must be catching a cold."Eeyore: "I'll probably catch it too."Owl: "No, no, no! I'm not catching a cold! The word is 'issue', not 'a-choo'. And 'ah-choo' isn't even a word! It's just some sort of sneezing sound like 'Ah-choo!'"Pooh: "Perhaps you should lie down, Owl."
- The book Nobody Cares About Me, which is based on Sesame Street, Big Bird sneezes in the middle of claiming he isn't sick, which leads to the doctor being contacted and diagnosing him with a cold.
- In the children's book Sneezy Louise, Louise's sneezing interrupts the narrator.
Narrator: "Her eyes got itchy, her throat got wheezy and her nose got sneezy. She knew, she just knew she was going to—(Louise sneezes)
- In the Winnie-the-Pooh story "Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One", Pooh thinks Owl sneezed in the middle of his sentence, but really he just used the word "issue".
- Laverne & Shirley: When the title characters are arguing about whether or not Shirley takes too many steps in bowling, Shirley says, "With your feet you wouldn't need that many steps!". Laverne starts a comeback with, "Well, with your mouth—" but then has a sneezing fit and Shirley worries that Laverne may be sick.
- Sesame Street: When Slimey was being sent to the moon, Snuffy got the rocket working by sneezing. At first, he said, "I think I'm going to—" but sneezed and didn't get to finish his sentence.
- The song A Cold in My Nose has a rare example of someone finishing their sentence at the end and it's played as a joke.
Singer: "Hope I don't give it to...(long pause, sneezes) you!"
- In an episode of Angelina Ballerina, Angelina is trying to sing the lyrics to a music box's song to hide the fact that it's not working, but sneezes.
Polly: "'La la la achoo'?! That's not the lyrics!"
- In the Betty Boop episode, "Betty Boop's Ker-Choo", Betty sings a song about having "a cold in [her] nose", the last line of which was presumably intended to have the word "nose" after the string of her usual gibberish but she sneezes and doesn't finish. Later, she sings the last line again but sneezes again before she can say, "nose". This is one of many sneeze-related gags.
- In an episode of Fifi And The Flower Tots, Bumble says, "I have a bad, bad—" and then sneezes. Primrose asks, "Cold?" because he'd been having cold-like symptoms, but he never confirms or denies her guess.
- In an episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield is sneezing a lot because, unknown to him, he is allergic to Jon's coat. Towards the end, he sneezes loudly just as the culprit in a mystery movie was about to be revealed.
- In the aptly-named Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs episode "Achoo", Harry sneezes in the middle of saying his Catch-Phrase "I'm on my way to Dinoworld."
Harry: "I'm on my way to Dino—(sneezes)"Taury: "Dino Achoo? I've never heard of such a place."
- My Friends Tigger & Pooh:
- In the episode "Darby, Solo Sleuth", Beaver is trying to sing his "Work, Work, Work" song, but sneezes before he can say the word "do".
- In "Lumpy Mixes a Mystery", Lumpy tries to say, "My uncle is going to love it", but sneezes in the middle of the word "love".
- Peg + Cat: In "The Allergy Problem", Peg keeps sneezing due to the aforementioned allergy. Whenever she sneezes before the end of a sentence (or in one case, a word), Cat finishes her sentence.
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