hiccups and sneezes

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** Click here for EPISODE 59 **

Beth has more advice regarding sneeze/hiccup prevention tactics as raised in Episode 58:

I cure hiccups by drinking out of the wrong side of the glass like Helen’s family. It does actually work and if you are fully capable adult it is easy to do without spilling. It essentially means you are drinking upside down, whether that’s concentration or something to do with the diaphragm I have no idea.

As for sneezing, I tell everybody who has problems getting sneezes out (‘better out than in’, Helen, your tongue method may work but I believe that you should aim to sneeze, not hold it in) that they should look at something light/bright, then to something dark and repeat every few seconds. I think this is because by switching between the two your pupils contract and dilate, and as all things are connected this messes about with your sinuses (and other general sneezy bits), causing you to sneeze out that annoying tickle. I can’t remember if I read this somewhere or made it up, but it definitely works.

Ain’t sinuses crazy? Anyway, a whole NEW question has emerged from this hiccupping debate, thanks to Klaus:

What do you say to someone when they hiccup? With sneezes, it is customary to ‘bless’ the sneezee… when someone coughs, they might say ‘cough up’ or something similar. With a burp, one pardons oneself or is pardoned. But what of hiccups? Why are they are they just forced to linger awkwardly in the air until such a time as someone suggests a dubious hiccup remedy? Please advise!

Hmm, a fine point! In the event that one can refrain from saying ‘Try drinking a glass of water! Hold your breath! Throw yourself down the stairs! Have you tried holding your breath?’ then the usual thing to do is look at the hiccupper in a manner both sympathetic and condescending, if you can manage it; but any more gracious suggestions would be welcomed.

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3 Responses to “hiccups and sneezes”

  1. Mark Says:

    I always say “excuse you” when someone hiccups. Or when I hiccup then I’ll say “excuse me.”

  2. Jackson Price Says:

    “Why are they are they just forced to linger awkwardly in the air until such a time as someone suggests a dubious hiccup remedy?” This is a great line!

    It is indeed true that hiccups are awkward in social settings with people that you may not know very well. I think society should make up a word or phrase that would let the hiccupper know that the hiccup has been acknowledged. I am suggesting that we use the words “Yuppie Down”. This would be a really cheesy way to use opposites on the syllables, “hic(k) – up”. If this were to start in corporate America, it should spread to the rural areas, but I’m sure the rural areas may take a bit of offense to the response. Just my thoughts.

  3. Tommy Says:

    “when someone coughs, they might say ‘cough up’ or something similar”

    This is lies.

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