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Spitting is the act of forcibly ejecting saliva or other substances from the mouth. In Europe and North America, it is normally considered rude, and a social taboo. It is sometimes considered a competitive and fun activity amongst youths. Spit may refer to: Look up spit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Saliva is the watery and usually frothy substance produced in the mouths of humans and some animals. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... This article is about cultural prohibitions in general, for other uses, see Taboo (disambiguation). ...

Spitting upon another person, especially onto their face, is a universal sign of anger, hatred or contempt. It is possible to transmit infectious diseases in this way. For other uses, see Face (disambiguation). ... This article is about the emotion. ... For other uses, see Hate (disambiguation). ... Look up Contempt in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the medical term. ...

In London, transport workers who deal with the public have recently been given equipment to collect saliva when they are spat upon by irate passengers. The police can then analyse the DNA of the offender. [citation needed] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a nucleic acid molecule that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. ...

In much of China, spitting in public has traditionally been widely tolerated, although attitudes are changing.


History of spitting in western Europe

Social attitudes towards spitting have changed greatly in western Europe since the Middle Ages. Then, frequent spitting was part of everyday life, and at all levels of society, it was thought ill-mannered to suck back saliva to avoid spitting. By the early 1700s, spitting had become seen as something which should be concealed, and by 1859 many viewed the spitting on the floor or street as vulgar, especially in mixed company. Spittoons were used openly during the nineteenth century to provide an acceptable outlet for spitters. Spittoons became far less common after the influenza epidemic of 1918, and their use has since virtually disappeared. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Events and trends The Bonneville Slide blocks the Columbia River near the site of present-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet (60 m) high. ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A Chicago courtroom scene, mid 1910s. ... The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish flu, was a category 5 influenza pandemic caused by an unusually severe and deadly Influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ...

Spitting habits

Many people in the world spit for different reasons. Atypical pneumonia can be spread by respiratory droplets. Atypical pneumonia is a pneumonia that does not respond to the usual antibiotic treatment, therefore making this pneumonia rather severe. Another disease which can be transmitted by spitting is tuberculosis. Atypical pneumonia is a term used to describe a disease caused by one or a combination of the following organisms: Legionella pneumophila Causes a severe form of pneumonia with a relatively high mortality rate. ...

The act of spitting has become popular among many children and teenagers as a sign of contempt or frustration at society in general, or higher powers such as the law. For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ...

Spitting competitions

There are some places whereby spitting is a competitive sport, with or without a projectile in the mouth. For example, there is a Guinness World Record for cherry pit spitting, and there are world championships in Kudu dung spitting. Guinness World Records 2007 edition. ... Cherry Pit Spitting is the act of spitting, or ejecting, the pit of a cherry from ones mouth with great speed so as to send the pit a great distance. ... Kudu dung spitting (Bokdrol Spoeg in Afrikaans) is a sport in some parts of Africa. ...


  • Amongst the Fremen of Arrakis in Frank Herbert's Dune series, spitting is an act of showing one's appreciation and respect. Since the desert of Arrakis provides only a small amount of water to live from, giving away fluid is a special sign of honor.
  • Spitting (or "gobbing") was a common practise among English punks in the 1970's. When the punk bands played live, it was seen as part of the punk ritual to spit on them.
  • The Maasai tribe in Africa spit upon one another as a greeting and farewell. This was satirized in the movie Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
  • A llama may spit if it is annoyed.

Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (الراقص ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer) later Rakis (informally known as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune series of novels by Frank Herbert; it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the Imperial Capital under the Atreides Empire. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about arid terrain. ... Languages Maa (ɔl Maa) Religions Monotheism Christianity Related ethnic groups Samburu The Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) is a movie made as a sequel to Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994). ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack animal by the Incas[1] and other natives of the Andes mountains. ...

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