n. A response after another person sneezes (analogous to "bless you").
"In Yiddish, we say tzu gezunt, which means “to health.”" (source)
Languages of Origin
צו געזונט tsu gezunt (in many dialects: tsi gezint) 'to health'
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
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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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