Romania borders five other countries, and has almost as many ways of saying “Bless you,” according to Mihaela Lica Butler, a travel journalist, and founder of Pamil Visions PR, “I am Romanian, and we have several ways to say ‘Bless you’ after a sneeze, all depending on circumstances—’Noroc’ for good luck, or good fortune, is the usual wish. Then, ‘Sănătate’ (pronounced sa-na-ta-te) stands only for good health. Finally, ‘Măricel,’ which is a regionalist saying from Wallachia (South Romania) where I grew up, is usually addressed to little children, aged 7 or under. This is hard to translate, but is basically a wish for the child who sneezed to grow tall, healthy, and strong,” she explains. Here are 12 Italian phrases everyone should know.
In Germany, “Gesundheit,” which loosely translates into “health” is the most-used, post-sneeze saying you’ll hear. “Gesundheit” is also a widely used sneeze-etiquette saying throughout the U.S., and was probably brought here by German immigrants, in the mid-19th Century. Find out what grandparents are called around the world.