Day 14: Word of the Day: Gesundheit

Today’s lesson had one of those “ah-ha moments”. The word Gesundheit is one of those German words that has crept into the English dialogue. But does anyone know it’s real meaning? Gesund means health and Heit means Hood, so the term literally translates to Health-hood. The term has been used to wish someone well after sneezing. It’s similar to saying “bless you” and I am sure there is a translation in almost every corner of the world. While the origins of this etiquette remains a mystery it seems polite that a sneeze be followed by wishing someone health, as it mostly is a prelude to illness. An activity I found to encourage health and fitness is otherwise known as “Wandern”. This is me hiking in Tegernsee, only 1 hour drive from the centre of Munich.