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July 10 2013

Why Deaf People Don't Achoo When They Sneeze


Sneezing feels—and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. "Achoo!" is particular to English speakers, the BBC's Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just make the sounds associated with the movement of air a sneeze represents.

"While deaf people sneeze naturally, hearing people feel compelled to add sound effects," partially deaf journalist Charlie Swinbourne wrote in a post for The Limping Chicken, a U.K.-based blog for deaf people.

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