Well, I learned something new today. According to these cute illustrations by cartoonist James Chapman, there are a variety of sneezing sounds, depending on nationality. In the infographic, he shows sneeze sounds in 10 different languages. So while English has the usual ‘achoo’, the Vietnamese go ‘hat xi’, the polish go ‘a-psik’, and when you’re in Germany, sneeze like ‘hatschi’. As a bonus, when you’re in the Philippines, it sounds like ‘ha-ching’.
And one final piece of trivia (boy, we’re learning a lot today) from James Chapman’s blog:
‘So apparently, deaf people sneeze silently. And this article says the sneeze sounds we make are just cultural habits and we don’t even need them. Although it does also say “Very little deaf-sneeze research exists”. Thanks a lot, government’.
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