À tes aïeux!

À tes aïeux!

ah tay zah-eeYUH!À tes aïeux!

ah tay zah-eeYUH! Click below to hear this.*

Gesundheit! Bless you!

Back in 2010, I wrote about what you say in French when someone sneezes. You can read it here.

But that was France. Today, it’s Belgium. And in the meantime, I’ve learned something new from Françoise.

None of this ignore-the-first-sneeze silliness, say the Belgians. Atchoum! Go on, say it: À tes souhaits! To your wishes!

Atchoum! That’s number two: À tes amours! To your loves!

Oh, these ah…ah…allergies…
Atchoum! And that makes three. À tes aïeux!

Wait. To your ancestors?

Sure. Wishing won’t make you healthy. Your love(s) may nurse you back to health, but they won’t keep you from getting sick. Your best chance at staying healthy–other than taking care of yourself–may lie in your genes. À tes aïeux!

By the way, one ancestor is un aïeul. Pronounce the /l/.

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:



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