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.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie
    Sep 27, 2007 @ 11:31:07

    Gleeking : to squirt liquid (including saliva) through the teeth or from under the tongue. Most commonly done by retarded men.

    “Gleek” is also the name of the blue space monkey from a 1977-1978 Superfriends cartoon on ABC, who had a penchant, when excited, to spout monkey-spit from his tongue.

    Editorial Note: This is not the same as the Shakespearean gleek which means ‘to trick; to make a gibe or jest (at a person).

    As you can see rj; I have way too much time on my hands today.

  2. Jenna
    Sep 27, 2007 @ 19:03:56

    For someone who is disgusted by it, you sure have it down to a science! 🙂

    Actually, I once heard a psychotherapist say that spitting is a symptom of psychological unrest. That unconsciously, the person is trying to get rid of something shameful, or burdensome to them. They can’t identify it that way consciously, but their subconscious keeps filling them with the urge to get it out, and the only way it registers is to spit! I thought it was interesting.

  3. Luisa
    Sep 28, 2007 @ 02:10:39

    I have no clue why men do this. It’s the only thing wrong with baseball, in my opinion.

  4. Theresa
    Sep 28, 2007 @ 06:49:36

    I think spitting is genetically programmed onto the Y chromosome.

  5. WhoreChurch
    Sep 29, 2007 @ 14:20:41

    We spit because something has left a bad taste in our mouths. If you notice many men around YOU spitting…well, you do the math ;-O

  6. rjlight
    Sep 29, 2007 @ 18:32:39

    Debbie — okay, I didn’t know the through the teeth spit was called gleeking. The things I learn through blogging.

    Jenna — that is interesting obviously this guy had to get rid of something shameful. Maybe he was lying when he was talking on his cell phone.

  7. rjlight
    Sep 29, 2007 @ 18:33:53

    Luisa, I hear ya.
    Theresa — Yep, you are probably right.
    WhoreChurch — long time no see, the men I see spitting aren’t around me –I see them from a far so everything’s good.

  8. WhoreChurch
    Sep 30, 2007 @ 08:57:03


  9. rjlight
    Sep 30, 2007 @ 14:18:50

    WhoreChurch – that’s not nice

  10. tobeme
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 08:36:29

    Spitting out of habit is gross and I have seen many people get into the habit of spitting and worse yet it is crossing genders. Don’t know why people get into this habit, however they should see themselves and see the grossness of this act. Yuk!

  11. WhoreChurch
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 08:47:09


    But so is adjusting bra or pulling panties out of crotch in public…unless the chick is really hot.

  12. rjlight
    Oct 02, 2007 @ 12:44:00

    tobeme- I agree!

    WhoreChurch — I try to do neither in public even though I’m hot. 😉

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