attitude and beliefs of medical residents on
bâillement : étude comparative des
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bâillement et l'Islam
- YAWN, last one
- 1861 C. C. ROBINSON Dialect of Leeds
- If two persons are seen to yawn one after
the other, it is said that the one who yawned
last bears no malice towards the one who yawned
- YAWNING: crossing the
- 1546 P. VERGIL De Rerum Inventori bus
VI x (tr. Langley)
- Crossyng of our mouth. Alike deadly plage
was sometyme in yawnyng, wherfore menne used to
fence them selues with the signe of y crosse ..
which custome we reteyne styl at this day.
- 1887 'SPERANZA' WILDE Superstitions of
Ireland II 104.
- When yawning make the sign of the cross
instantly over the mouth, or the evil spirit
will make a rush down and take up his abode
- 1985 Woman, c.55
- You put your hand over your mouth when you
yawn to stop the Devil getting in. That's why
you always close a baby's mouth when it
- Cf. SNEEZING: 'bless you'.
- SNEEZE, baby's first
- 1855 N&Q 1st ser. XII 200.
- A newborn child is in the fairy spells until
it sneezes.. I once overheard an old dame. .
crooning over a new-born child; and then
watching it intently .. for nearly a minute,
she said, taking a huge pinch of snuff, 'Och!
oich! No yet-no yet.' Suddenly the youngster
exploded into a tremendous sneeze; when the old
lady .. drew her forefinger across the brows of
the child .. and joyfully exclaimed, 'God sain
the bairn, it's no a warlock.'
- SNEEZING: 'bless
- AD 77 PLINY Natural History XXVIII V
- Why is it that we salute a person when he
sneezes, an observation which Tiberius Caesar,
they say, the most unsociable of men, as we all
know, used to exact, when riding in his chariot
- C. AD 150 APULEIUS Golden Ass (tr.
- 'Bless you, my dear!' be said, and 'bless
you, bless you!' at the second and third sneeze.
- ante AD 500 Greek Anthology (1874, 181)
- Dick cannot blow his nose whene'er he
pleases, His nose so long is, and his arm so
short; Nor ever cries, God bless me! when he
sneezes- He cannot hear so distant a report.
- 1483 Golden Legend 22.
- Our lord was meuyd ayenst them [the
Christian Romans] and sente to them a grete
pestelence.. that was cruell & sodayne, and
caused peple to dye in goyng by the waye, in
playeng, in beying atte table, and in spekyng
one with another sodeynly they deyed. In this
manere somtyme snesynge they deyed, so that whan
ony persone was herd snesyng anone they that
were by said to hym, god helpe you, Or Cryst
helpe, and yet endureth the custome.
- 1526 ERASMUS Familiar Colloquies (1725,
- Forms of well wishing .. To one that
Sneezes. May It be lucky and happy to you. God
keep you. May it be for your Health. God bless
it to you.
- 1608 J. HALL Characters 88.
- When hee neeseth, thinks them not his
friends that vncouer not.
- 1618 J HARRINGTON Epigrams.I no. 83
- If one had sneez'd, to say (as is the
fashion) Christ help, 'twas witch-craft and
- 1646 BROWNE Vulgar Errors IV ix.
- Concerning Sternutation or Sneezing, and the
custome of saluting or blessing upon that
motion, it is .. generally beleeved to derive
its original1 from a disease, wherein
Sternutation proved mortal!, and such as Sneezed
- 1652 A. ROSS Arcana Microcosmi 222.
- Prometheus was the first that wisht we! to
the sneezer, when the man which he had made of
clay, fell into a fit of Sternutation upon the
approach of that celestiall fire which he stole
from the Sun. This gave originall to that
custome among the Gentiles in saluting the
sneezer. They used also to worship the head in
sternutation, as being a divine part.
- 1688 AUBREY Remaines(1881, 103)
- We have a Custome, that when one sneezes,
every one els putts off his hatt, and bowes, and
cries God bless ye Sir. I have heard, or read a
Story that many yeares since, that Sneezing was
an Epidemical Disease and very mortal, wich
caused this yet received Custome.
- 1738 Swift Polite Conversation 1 59
[Neverout sneezes.] MISS.
- God bless you, if you ha'n't taken Snuff.
- 1753 Scott Magazine Nov. 544.
- They bowed with a graceful simper to a lady
- 1830 MITFORD Our Village IV 299.
- Who if his neighbour chance to sneeze thinks
it a bounden duty to cry God bless him?
- 1866 HENDERSON Northern Counties 106.
- Nurses in Durham, not to say mothers, still
invoke a blessing on children when they sneeze;
indeed some extend the practice to adults.
- 1875 Monthly Packet jan 9.
- It is strange how many educated people will
persist in dating the national 'God bless you!'
from the time of the Great Plague; though we
have clear proof to he contrary in The Golden
Legend .. printed by Caxton in 1483.
- 1892 N&Q 8th ser. I 106.
- At the Asylum for Fatherless Children at
Reedham [Norfolk] a custom prevails
amongst the girls of solemnly rising and saying
'God bless you, miss!' whenever a mistress
sneezes in their presence.
- 1934 N&Q CLXVII 158.
- In my youth - one often heard a person say
'God bless You! to a child when it sneezed, but
I never heard it said to an adult.
- 1985 Woman, c.6o
- I always say 'Bless you' when I hear someone
sneeze- even if they are at the other end of a