tsu gezunt

Definitions

  • n. A response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you").

Example Sentences

  • "In Yiddish, we say tzu gezunt, which means “to health.”" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • צו געזונט tsu gezunt (in many dialects: tsi gezint) 'to health'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      tzi gezint, tsu gesunt, tzu gezunt

Notes

  • According to one user, "Zay gezunt is usually used after the first sneeze, and tsu gezunt after each subsequent sneeze." But the editor is more familiar with the practice (borrowed from Yiddish) of saying "tsu gezunt" after the first sneeze, and "tsu(m) lebn" 'to life' after the second, and "tsu lange yor" 'to long years' after the third, with some variation.

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