Date: Sun, 8 Sep 1996 15:38:43 -0400
From: Jason Wilke wilke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NJ2.N-JCENTER.COM
Subject: Re: Gum-chewing
On Sun, 8 Sep 1996, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
Now I am fascinated:
girl? All Amis do that to some extent. It's what made me stand out
among my friends back home. That can, to some extent, be associated with
the effect of chewing gum -- and also with the type of person that
stereotypically chews gum.
Most of the people I know who chew gum do so immediately after a meal at
which lots of garlic was served.
WHO "stereotypically chews gum" these days?
I suppose that changes according to the times, actually. My grandmother
chews gum, and I used to on rare occasion. A lot of people chew to prevent
smoking, too. I was not trying to slight regular gum chewers (my, isn't
this the truly PC list?).
Nowadays, gum may be linked to garlic eaters and ex-smokers, but the
stereotype that I was referring to was the waitress in the diner at the
counter or the school kids that hang out behind the gym. Valley girls
are known for chewing gum (hence my previous reference) as well as
baseball players (although they also chew other nasty sh-- that I
wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole). Generally, these "gum-chewers" are
only slightly educated, somewhat ambitious, and fit into the image of
"classic" America. These "classic" images are a large part of the
perception of Americans around the world.
wilke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n-jcenter.com