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Ever heard of a man named Jesus'

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updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by abeliever01

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I've been to Germany many times, and "Pros(i)t" is what I've heard every time I had a beer, and the last thing I articulated every night when I went out for heavy drinking. Not exactly something healthy!

But the original meaning of the word is another story, of course.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Interesting point Gitte, I always did wonder what that actually ment.
In germany you say gesundheit, meaning good health.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by Mz-Badger
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Ok, now we got started:

"Prosit" can be split into pro + sum, meaning "be useful ("in favour be")"; one of many words related to the verb "ser" in Spanish. Other related words: proud, improve, prowess,...

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Well, in Denmark when someone sneezes we say: Prosit!
Prosit - is from latin - proesse / prodesse - meaning: "I hope that it may benefit"
- also the one of the 7 dwarfs in Snowwhite, who sneezes, he's called Prosit here.

It's interesting historical knowledge, the reference between sickness and Godly intervention. But, as it seems, Danes didn't embrace it...

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by gitte-danésa
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I have no evidence at hand, but since sneezing has been understood to be related to illness for thousands of years, and people have been believing in gods for just as long, I find it unbelievable that no one asked for the intervention of a god until the year 591. I mean, it just seems the most natural thing for a believer to say, especially back when illness often meant certain death. I would bet that people having been uttering variations on this theme for as long as people have had the power of speech. Now whether it actually cured anyone is another matter...

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Yo me voy a salir un poco de la temática de esta discusión y ya que se habla de Jesús voy a poner mi granito de arena sobre una cuestión...
En muchos paises hay gente que mantiene la costumbre de exclamar ¡Jesús! despues de estornudar, sobretodo en paises católicos y de habla hispana.

Extracto de una página web:
¿Por qué decimos Jesús cuando alguien estornuda?
Normalmente cuando alguien estornuda decimos Jesús o salud.
En Roma, en el año 591, hubo una gran epidemia de peste, los afectados morían estornudando, por tal circunstancia procede el 'Dios te bendiga'.
Por este motivo cuando alguien estornuda se pide a Dios que aparte el peligro.
Con el paso del tiempo se acortaría a Jesús o salud.
Según se cuenta, la salutación tras el estornudo comenzó a utilizarse en África en el siglo VI, con motivo de la aparición de una epidemia.
También se cuenta que fueron los árabes los que propagaron por el mundo la costumbre de invocar a la divinidad.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by DaCRoN
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Oh, ok - it was exactly 'ever' I was puzzled about...
Thank you, both

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by gitte-danésa
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¿Has oído de...?
¿Has oído decir de...?

The "ever" doesn't really get translated, but is implied.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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As crazy as it seems, yes that's where it's from. I need to read a short spanish story and summerize it in English. Lucky for me, the last Spanish program I did, I didn't do right. Of course, that doesn't help.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by abeliever01
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¿Has oído (alguna vez) hablar de...'

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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abeliever01
If you are interested, there is a group on this site called: La biblia
- look at the menu, click on 'Groups' and you'll find it there

Now - to make some relevans of this thread, how do say this in spanish:
Have you ever heard of... '

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by gitte-danésa
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He was a good little monkey.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Ah, now you're talking.

Era un monito bueno = He was a good little monkey

Is this perhaps from Curious George'

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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That's alright if we don't agree on everything. Everyone has different POVs. I have a question, what does "Era un monito bueno" mean? My spanish vocabulary is very small.

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by abeliever01
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How is that inappropriate'

Because this is a forum for people who are studying English and Spanish. If I came to your church on Sunday, went up to the pulpit, and started trying to sell insurance to your congregation, you would think I was being inappropriate, regardless of the merits of my insurance, because that just isn't the place for such behavior. The same applies here.

Christianity is not a religion.

I can see that you and I will never agree on some things...

updated JUN 23, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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