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    sorry/excuse me

    Hi everyone,

    When I sneeze, want to clear my throat or cough, should I say "sorry" or "excuse me"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: sorry/excuse me

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone,

    When I sneeze, want to clear my throat or cough, should I say "sorry" or "excuse me"?

    Thank you.
    In the UK, some people say "Bless me" after they sneeze. Other people are likely to say "Bless you" to someone after a sneeze.
    I wouldn't say anything when I simply want to clear my throat or cough. Clearing your throat doesn't really require anything to be said. Some people will say "Excuse me" after they cough.

    Honestly, as long as you cover your nose/mouth when you sneeze/cough, most people don't care whether you say anything afterwards or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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