In response to someone sneezing there are a few possible phrases you can say as a form of polite acknowledgement:

"God bless you"


And others.

But with a fart you laugh, deride or come up with something clever to say on the spot.

Is there a commonly known polite word or phrase that says "I acknowledge your flatulence" similar to things said after sneezing?

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    [on hold] answer to the question is primarily opinion based.
    – user51029
    Sep 20, 2013 at 17:43
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    In this case, acknowledgment constitues impoliteness. The polite thing to do is precisely not to acknowledge it. So, "I don't agree with your question."
    – Talia Ford
    Sep 20, 2013 at 18:26
  • I like "Another county heard from." (Well, I never actually say it in this instance - like most people, I pretend nothing happened - but I like to imagine myself saying it.) I first saw this phrase in Catch-22, and have loved it ever since.
    – MT_Head
    Sep 20, 2013 at 18:44
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    If it’s God Bless You on one end, shouldn’t it be Devil Take the Hindmost on the other?
    – tchrist
    Sep 20, 2013 at 19:41
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    "Bless you" is for sneezes, "damn you" is for farts.
    – teepee
    Mar 27, 2014 at 5:50

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My preferred retort is 'everyone's a critic!'


Supposedly, Princess Diana said...

Oh, no, it's not dogs I don't like -- it's corgis. They get the blame for all the farts.

So I imagine that in Buckingham Palace, if (God forbid! :) the Queen should let one rip, the proper reaction would be to exclaim "You naughty dog, Holly!" (assuming you know the dog's name). I don't think it would be polite to say anything that explicitly blamed the Queen.

I'm not royal, and I don't have a dog. In my house, the proper reaction (from either the guilty party, or considerate others helping him/her save face) is...

Bloody cat!

Cats are more likely than dogs to be curled up in a corner out of sight, so you can blame one even if you can't see it (at a pinch, even in a house that doesn't have cats, though that is stretching it a bit).

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    This reminds me of an old joke: a young man meets his intended's parents for the first time. After dinner, he and her father retire for brandy and cigars, but the young man has a wicked case of gas. He decides to risk a small sneaky one; the old man immediately says "Rover!" The kid says to himself "Aha! He blames the dog!" so he sneaks off another. Again: "Rover!" Relaxing now, the kid just lets one rip - whereupon the old man says "Rover! Get over here before he ****s on you!"
    – MT_Head
    Sep 20, 2013 at 18:37
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    Princess Anne, so the story goes, was on a horse that farted loud and clear. Princess Anne said to a bystander ‘I’m sorry about that.’ The bystander said ‘Oh that’s alright. I thought it was the horse.’ Sep 20, 2013 at 18:46
  • You guys are cracking me up! My family used to blame the dog, or more whimsically, a mythical duck. Sep 20, 2013 at 20:24
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"Ah, Bisto!"

Ah! Bisto

Urban Dictionary has an apt definition:


A fart. To be used in the expression "Ah, Bisto" inferring relief at the passing of some aromatic wind.

Origin: Bisto adverts. The family sit down to eat and one member of the family (following a deep inhalation through the nose) expresses their delight at the smell provided by the gravy, by exclaiming: "Ah, Bisto".

Q "Did you just let one go?"

A "Ah, Bisto!"

by TommyE February 16, 2004


No, there's no commonly known polite word or phrase that says "I acknowledge your flatulence" similar to things said after sneezing. Farting is usually considered too impolite to comment on.


When I moved to the UK with my family, I noticed some people saying "Pardon me". Though, it's something the person who 'commits the crime' says, and not the people around him/her.

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