Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To spit or swallow?

Don't be alarmed. I ain't going down that road, this time at least.

From the balcony I just observed two young Asian men alight from a tram. One went to a rubbish bin and spat into it. I suppose this is a form of polite behaviour for our  Asian students, rather than spitting on the footpath. No matter. I find spitting in public absolutely disgusting and not to be tolerated, whether on the street, the football field or into a rubbish bin.

So where do native born Australians learn this from? There is probably always an amount of it happening in school yards among the younger kids. I can certainly remember, but I don't think the 'play' continues into later years.

Undoubtedly it comes from the sporting field, especially ball sports, picked up by impressionable teenagers. It doesn't matter which code of football. It happens in them all and it ought not. Over to you, clubs and umpires, to stamp this out dead.

We can hardly lecture immigrants about spitting in public when they can turn on tv and see our sports stars projecting saliva and phlegm in all directions on the football fields.

Do your bit by glaring at or making a disgusted face, or even a sound of disgust at someone you see spitting in public.

I think I shall enjoy my old age as a grumpy old man.

Of course I could bring up the matter of The Bieber dribbling spit onto his fans below his balcony, but I would give far too much of myself away. 

25 comments:

  1. Spitting is truly vile but the one that really, really offends me (and I am seeing more and more often) is people who expel the contents of their snoz onto the footpath. Block one nostril and blow heavily. Eeeeeuw.
    And I have only ever seen men do it. And it is almost always men spitting too.

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    1. EC, I haven't seen the 'bushman's' hanky for a while. It is quite awful. Yes, always men, although not in some Asian countries.

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  2. It's a awful habit what next, will we just pop a poo when we feel the urge, in the corner.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, they do that in India, so I believe. I am sure the spitting does become a habit.

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  3. Andrew, spitting is a very bag custom but unfortunately very popular with European people and what's more my student also love doing it. Disgusting.....

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    1. sorry bad custom

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    2. Gosia, I am sure there young people pick it up from seeing football players do it.

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  4. Spitting should be made an on-the-spot fineable offence.
    There is absolutely no need for it anywhere. Think of cyclists, spitting as they ride along, onto anybody foolish enough to be walking on the footpath.

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    1. River, I wonder if it is not already a council bylaws offence? But if it is, it is obviously not enforced.

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  5. I loathe that behavior and can't help but grimace openly when someone does it!

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    1. Mitchell, I hope they see you grimace.

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  6. Where do young Australian males learn the filthy habit of spitting? Just watch a football game, any football game and there is your answer. They follow their role models. Very sad but it's true.

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    1. Bill, which why it is up to clubs and umpires to stamp it out.

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  7. It doesn't bother me much. It's one thing if they're just doing it because they think it's fun. But sometimes people have mucus caught in their throat and they're gagging. One example, would be people with Cystic Fibrosis.

    Sometimes people can swallow it, but if there's a lot of thick mucus, that can be quite gross. Of course it's better if they can find a private place to spit it out, but that's not always possible.

    What I hate is vomit. I wish people would never do that in public. But you know...sometimes it can't be helped. I can't say to someone "Please swallow back your stomach contents and don't spew them all over the sidewalk."

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    1. Dina, perhaps tissues could be used and then thrown away or as you say, in private.

      I would have thought mostly vomiting can't be helped. It is not nice, but fairly uncontrollable. They should at least try to do that somewhere private too.

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    2. Yes, turn away from people and spit into a handful of tissue then throw it in the nearest bin. Far, far preferable to just spitting on the street or footpath.

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  8. When I lived in Hong Kong and China in the 1970/80s you'd see plenty of spitting from both men and women. Whilst the sight of it was bad what was worse was the sound that preceded it as they drew on the phlegm before expectorating.

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    1. Victor, excuse me while I clear my throat. Remember the the stop spitting campaign preceding the Beijing Olympics,

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  9. I think it's one of the most disgusting things a person can do. I saw someone spit outside of his car window while driving down the highway the other day and it almost landed on another car. Sick.

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    1. Keith, a bit of blow back into his face would have been nice.

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  10. Oh believe me I glare Andrew and as for littering, don't get me started!

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    1. Pleased to hear Grace and perhaps as effective as Foreign Minister Bishop's death stare.

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  11. Interesting what is deemed acceptable/unacceptable in different cultures. Fortunately my dad, who grew up in Hong Kong, doesn't spit in public but he does slurp he noodles very loudly.

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    1. Ad Rad, it reminds me how messy things can get in a Chinese restaurant when Asian people get together to eat. Well, actually, we can get pretty messy too. The heart says put on a clean shirt to go for dinner but the head says, don't bother.

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