Sneeze on Tuesday… Kiss a Stranger?

Here’s a fun rhyme about sneezing:

If you sneeze on a Monday, you sneeze for danger;
Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
Sneeze on a Thursday, something better;
Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
Sneeze on a Saturday, see your sweetheart tomorrow.
Sneeze on a Sunday, and the devil will have domination over you all week.

How many times do you usually sneeze?
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a letter
Four for a boy.
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told

Ever wonder why we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes? The reason seems to date way back when people believed that the devil could enter your body when you sneeze.

Why cover your mouth? Well in addition to obvious reasons, people used to belief that your soul would escape when you sneezed if you didn’t cover your mouth.

Sandi Duncan is the Managing Editor of the Farmers' Almanac. Click here to read Sandi's full biography.

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Ann Nichols

I’ve seen that second poem also used about seeing crows. The first reminds me of a mystery by Andre Norton and Grace Hogarth: SNEEZE ON SUNDAY.


Is all the sneezing stuff true???

Virginia Dehart


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