I recognize that even though I have lived in North Dakota for 16 years now, I am not a native. As such, there are still some things that I do not understand. I come to you dear readers for some clarity on a matter that I find disgusting, but that seems to be fairly common practice on the campus of NDSU – spitting on the ground in public. And by spitting I mean – really spitting – as in hocking a loogie.
I personally find this behavior disgusting. Every single day at the campus I see students walking along and randomly spitting wherever and whenever they see fit. I look around when this happens to see if others are likewise disgusted, but it seems like no one even notices but me. Which got me to thinking – is this a North Dakota thing? Is it socially acceptable to spit in public whenever the urge strikes you?
Now, don’t get me wrong – I know folks spit when they out in the pasture or camping – but spitting in a public place traveled by many is quite a different thing. I don’t want to step in someone’s nasty old spit as I traverse the campus. And I certainly don’t want to have to bear witness to them spitting – yuck.
I seek input from those of you who have been around the state for awhile, because we all know that in being here a mere 16 years that I just barely got my training wheels off. Why do so many folks in North Dakota spit in public and is it socially accepted behavior? If it is accepted, are there any rules in regard to spitting? Rules like – when in public one must spit into a grassy area or other such area where folks do not traditionally walk. Surely, there must be some informal parameters to spitting in public (please God, let there be some).
Someone please clear this up for me, because seeing so many students spitting here, there, and everywhere is gagging me. I need to better understand this behavior from a cultural, historical, or medical perspective…otherwise, I may feel compelled to start a campaign against public spit. Is this a North Dakota thing or is it just regular old uncivilized behavior? This inquiring mind needs to know.
Day one thousand three hundred and ninety-three of the new forty – obla di obla da