First I want to say that it is highly unusual that I would be writing about saliva. I can’t even watch someone brush their teeth without gagging. I survived through the drooling stage with my children. It isn’t so bad when they are babies:however, I must admit I can’t even handle other babies drooling. This and a million other reasons explain why I don’t run a daycare center.
So, I don’t get it. I don’t understand this spitting thing some boys and men get into. What is it? The other day this guy was sitting on a bench outside on his cell phone, and he had to spit every other minute–the between-the-teeth type of spittting. This type of spitting is apparently the coolest type. I only know this because those who spit this way also have a cool walk. This is much different than the chewing tobacco type of spit. The chewing tobacco spit is more to the side of the mouth. I know this because I grew up in an aggie town in California. It is also to be contrasted with the gutteral spit used to eject mucous. That spit is usually a bit deeper into the throat. Of course there is also the spit that ejects 50 yards out of the mouth when either talking excitedly or trying to master a difficult language.
So, now that we have determined what kind of spit it wasn’t, can someone please tell me what the infatuation is with this between-the-teeth slaver projection? Is it a sport? Is there training involved? Or is it more of a hobby, like gardening and woodworking? I have yet to see a woman engage in this sputumic (new word) hobby, but I imagine she would have the skills necessary. Please, if anyone would enlighten me, I would appreciate it.