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I am an american working as a graduate student
i work with people from England

i do not know where you live but "thank you" or "thanks" is what is said.

I have never heard "I'm sorry" used. Maybe "excuse me" but never "sorry"
This is in regards of American english/culture:

Very rarely see cloth handkerchiefs, most people use disposable tissues (aka "kleenex" after the brand)

When you sneeze people can reply "bless you" (slang is "bleshoo"). I usually reply "thanks"

Window thing, never had that situation come up

Regarding the fountain, ballpoint, etc pens just use pen.

People just say turn up the heat, turn the heat up, it's cold turn on the heater, etc. For air conditioning, people say turn on/up the AC/air.
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"I'm sorry" is never the polite response to "Bless you." This shows disrespect to that person's conception of God, no matter what name He/She goes by. The courteous and respectful response to "Bless you" is "Thank you."
I am considered an extremely impolite person as I do NOT say bless you when someone sneezes. I don't believe in a god so why would I bless someone. I've had a lot of criticism though, so I've recently started to say Gesundheit (not sure of the spelling, German word meaning 'good health') as people are happy as long as you say SOMETHING.

Just a superstition really. It comes from when sneezing was often a sign of getting a disease, which in the past could really be a death sentence, so you ask god to bless them. I don't object to wishing someone good health!
I am hoping you might know what the mainly American blessing is given to someone who had just sneezed. This is a crossword puzzle clue and the letters I have are ?e?u?d?e??.

Could it be Gezundheit which is a variation of your spelling

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Gesundheit is a German word. It means 'health' (and it's spelt with an 's').

To partially open a window, we often use 'crack', as in: "Could you crack the window open a little?" or just "Could you crack the window?"

As far as heating, you could just say heat, "Can you turn on the heat"?
Quoted, Posted By: Raul on 12/16/2003 09:18 PM
Subject: Re: When to use what?
Message: > After sneezing, should I say "Thank you" now or "I'm sorry"?

"I'm sorry" is the proper one.


Americans say "thank you" when someone said "bless you" after their sneeze. Saying I'm sorry or excuse me is self-talking. But one has to say thank you after someone said bless you to him/her to be polite. My American teacher taught me that when she saw me sneezing and she said bless you to me. I did not know what it meant; therefore, I did not know how to respond. It's a part of American culture to say thank you when someone gives you their blessing.
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For the window, couldn't one say "could you leave the window open ajar please?", or is "ajar" only used when referring to a door?
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