tsu gezunt

Alternative Spellings

tzi gezint, tsu gesunt, tzu gezunt

Definitions

  • a response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you")

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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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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