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The New Etiquette – Socially Yours by Ms. Reenie

The New Etiquette (pronounced — “edakit”)

Chewing gum is a great way to keep your mouth free from bacteria between brushing.  By following these tips for chewing gum etiquette, you can remain classy and your breath winter fresh.

  • Chewing gum is like chewing food—do not do it with your mouth open. 
  • Following rule #1 in chewing gum etiquette should help you with a common complaint of those who chew gum: do not “smack” your gum loudly.  It drives everyone around you nuts.  Even if they will never say anything.
  • When eating or drinking, discard your gum and get a new piece afterwards. Do not affix your gum to your plate or cup to “save it for later”.
  • While in public, do not blow bubbles with your gum.
  • Chewing gum used to be considered rude, but, is now very commonplace.  Having said that, avoid chewing gum:
    • During a Job Interview
    • While Singing
    • At Church
    • When dancing (it might accidentally fly out of your mouth as you twirl around)
    • Any instance where you will be in front of people.
  • Chewing gum packaging asks you to “dispose of properly” for a reason.  All of those dark grey spots on the sidewalk used to be colorful pieces of gum.  And stepping on a freshly discarded piece of gum causes havoc on your shoes. The proper way to dispose of your gum is to wrap it in a piece of paper (the original gum wrapper is perfect for this) and to throw it in a trash can. Or, you can swallow it in an emergency, but, the health effects of that are debated.  I’m pretty sure it does not stay in your stomach for seven years, like the old wives’ tale states.

Irene Felicia WeathersbySocially yours,

Ms. Irene Felicia

Executive Event Planner and Protocol Trainer