Ladies and Gentlemen,
What happened to the generally accepted rule that spitting in public is disgusting? How did our society reach a point where hocking a gigantic mass of saliva onto the sidewalk is considered acceptable? Why is it that the majority of people I see spitting onto the sidewalk are young women? In many places it is considered illegal, and in my home city it can lead to a $50 fine. Those $50 are not nearly enough of a deterrent as far as I am concerned. It should be raised to $500. No self respecting person should spit in public. It disturbs and disgusts me every time I see it. I don’t want to step in that, and I don’t want to risk someone turning around and spitting behind them, only to have a luscious glob of mouth-born moisture land on me or in front of me.
You don’t have to spit. Our bodies were given a fantastic mechanism which allows us to swallow our saliva in order to avoid the vile act of spitting onto the ground, where people walk. Not only do we have the ability to not spit; but it requires less effort than spitting. Some may argue that swallowing saliva is gross; but trust me, it is far more gross for literally everyone else to watch the clot of liquid rapidly fire from between your lips.
- What Happens After I Spit? A Saliva Sample’s Saga (23andme.com)
- Spitting in public: disgusting and antisocial – or a great British tradition? (theguardian.com)
- Hocking Loogies In China (distantroamer.wordpress.com)