WHY DO GUYS SPIT?
Athletes spit. Cowboys spit. What little boy doesn’t want to be an athlete or a cowboy? So we hawk loogies. It carries over to adulthood because, let’s be honest, we still want to be athletes or cowboys. The kids in did it instead of shaking hands. The siblings spit and shook hands to seal a deal. Sending saliva sailing is a way of marking your territory without having to pee on a tree. Sure, it’s all posturing, but we do it so much that it becomes natural. Plus, it’s fun! It has all the illicit thrill of littering, without the environmental consequences. It safely communicates: I’m working hard. I don’t care what you think. But mostly, it says: I’m really trying to look cool.