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Am I weird or does anyone else hate gum? I hate seeing people chomp on it, hearing it pop and snap, and I hate finding it under tables and stuck to the floor. It really grosses me out. I hate the smell of it too. Sometimes I've seen people play with their gum, like use their finger to stretch it in a long string out of their mouth, then wrap the string of gum back around their finger and put the whole thing back in their mouth. I've even seen adults do that. And my sister, who normally has really good manners, will take a piece of gum out of her mouth and set it on the side of her plate while she eats, then put the gum back in her mouth after the meal. And it's not due to any shortage of gum on her part--she has packs of it stashed everywhere. My MIL who I adore, will snap and pop and blow bubbles like a little kid. It's so gross to me!

I'm usually a pretty easygoing person, but this is one thing that I just can't seem to get over. Am I the only one with this weird pet peeve?

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well, my grandma didn't like it....

so, no. I don't think you're the only one with this pet peeve. I think there are lots of people who find chewing gum to be crass.
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DH is the same. He doesn't get it at all.

I think it is gross when people chew it obnoxiously, but it can be fun to blow bubbles sometimes. I used to love all flavors, but now I only like sugar-free mint flavors.

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I really love gum. It didn't occur to me that someone would think gum could be gross.
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I used to chew gum when I was younger, think high school, but I really don't care for the stuff anymore. It doesn't bother me too much to see people chewing it, but if they are obnoxious about it, then yes, it is gross.

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Not a fan of gum here either. It's creepy.
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I like bubblegum, but I think gum is gross as a rule, and I can't stand to listen to someone pop their gum unless it's me doing it specifically to blow bubbles.

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Nope, I love gum, esp Orbit.

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My best friend in college was like the OP. He couldn't stand gum, couldn't stand hearing it, seeing it. I, on the other hand, have a serious gum addiction. We had a lot of classes together, and I had to try really hard to not be chewing gum when sitting next to him.

But I'm chewing gum right now! Mmmm. Altoids Peppermint gum is my current obsession, but I don't like the artificial sweetener, so I need to find a different one.
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As long as people don't smack it around in their mouths, I don't care.

I chew it very rarely. Anytime I do chew it for more than five minutes, I get a terribly stomach ache.
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I don't like it, but only because anything mint-related makes me want to :Puke
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I used to like gum but now I think it's gross. Now that I've been with DH 12 years, I don't care so much how my breath smells.
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Gum is gross. I was a big gum chewer when younger and my mother always said people look like cows chewing cud. I laughed. Then one day I was on the train across from a woman chewing like a cow. I never had another piece.

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I hate gum. Hate it!!! Thinking about it too much makes me gag. Yuck yuck yuck!!!

Of course, my daughter likes it . . . but I do ask her not to chew it around me because it just disgusts me. :Puke:Puke:Puke

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I hate gum!
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No, I dont think gum is gross, I just think its gross watching other people chew it. To me, its akin to watching someone eating with their mouth open when their mouth is full of food. THAT'S GROSS.

But yea, i also hate the smacking, the popping, and the nasty stale breath people get from chewing gum for a while. Ugh.

Small PSA, if your breath stinks, chewing gum (or sucking a mint for that matter) just makes your breath smell like *insert flavor of gum or mint here* WITH bad breath. You need to brush your teeth or floss, gum never quite gets it, imo.

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I don't like it, but only because anything mint-related makes me want to :Puke

OMG, i thought i was the only one!!! The smell or taste of mint makes me wanna earl!

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I love gum. I have a bit of an oral fixation though, and chewing gum has been the only thing I've found that keeps me from biting my nails.

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I don't like it, but only because anything mint-related makes me want to :Puke
So don't get mint. There are tons of flavors! My current fave is Ice Breakers Ice Cubes in Raspberry Sorbet.
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I'm so glad I'm not the only one! Thanks for all of the replies. I think a lot of times people are chewing gum and I don't even notice because they are chewing with their mouth closed and not making noises with it and stuff--so maybe it's just "obnoxious" gum chewing that I can't stand.

I used to share a studio with some people, and when they went smoke-free a couple of people who smoked while they worked started chewing gum instead. I think I was the only non-smoker who preferred the smoking to the gum.

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i actually like gum and have to chew it when i'm working out at the gym. but i'm a polite gum chewer - i don't smack it or pop it or chew it with my mouth open and when people talk to me i don't chew it.

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I think gum is pretty nasty and walking around chewing it and talking to people IS talking with food in your mouth so ew.

That said, I do sometimes chew gum when I'm at my desk. It keeps me from snacking.
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I do not allow gum chewing in my home, car, or classroom.
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I used to love it, as a kid... now I don't care for it. Obnoxious gum chewing drives me nuts though. I don't remember where I was, but it was just recently and someone in a professional capacity was chewing and snapping and popping their gum. Talk about presenting an unprofessional appearance! That completely turned me off.

My DH chews gum on his commute. But, since he's in the car, by himself, and spits it out as soon as he gets home (he says it helps keep him awake for the drive), I can't really complain.

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Blech. I hate the sound of people chewing. On the rare occasion I end up with gum in my mouth (I'm not quite sure how or why, since I really don't like it), it bugs me that I'm chewing on something without swallowing it. It feels completely weird. Like I'm chewing on mint or fruity flavored gristle or something.
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No I don't hate it if it's not smacked or chewed like cud Popping gum drives me nuts.

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So don't get mint. There are tons of flavors! My current fave is Ice Breakers Ice Cubes in Raspberry Sorbet.

Yeah but most people seem to have the mint ones, which is what I don't like. The smell is awful to me :
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Put me down for hatin' it, for exactly every single reason the OP mentioned. I also hate smelling it on some one's breath. I've taken the time to ponder why that is. I guess it's because most people's breath you can't really smell. If they didn't have gum, and were talking to you, you'd not know you were breathing in some one's breath. But if, say, my mom is in the car talking, and then the whole car becomes filled with "minty freshness" I know the air I"m breathing is her breath. That, for some strange reason, squicks me out.

But then again, I'm just weird like that.
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But if, say, my mom is in the car talking, and then the whole car becomes filled with "minty freshness" I know the air I"m breathing is her breath.
There's yet another thing to hate about gum.

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I don't like gum, I don't chew it. It doesn't bother me to see other people chew gum though.

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