Today’s Word : gesundheit

Word : gesundheit

PRONUNCIATION:

(guh-ZOONT-hyt)

MEANING:

interjection: Used to wish good health to someone who has sneezed.

ETYMOLOGY:

From German Gesundheit (health), from gesund (healthy) + -heit (-hood). Earliest documented use: 1914.

USAGE:

“‘A friend was on an Aeroflot flight crossing Russia when the woman next to him sneezed. He said ‘Gesundheit!’ She said: ‘Thank goodness, someone who speaks English.'”
Peter Spencer; Column 8; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jul 23, 2011.

 

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