“Experts” Ought to Opine With Their Mouths Closed October 21, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
This is why I hate “experts.”
If you can’t stand the sound of someone’s chewing, does that person need to close his or her mouth? Or do you?
Experts say you do. Yes, some people have bad manners. But you can’t make everyone else change the way they eat just because it bothers you.
Wow. I was pretty sure that chewing with your mouth closed and trying to minimize eating noises was a societal norm (or at least it used to be). Elsewise, why did my noble mater beat on her children every night at dinner? So the people you “can’t…change” are really deviants from our cultural mores.
And sorry, I don’t think that chewing with your mouth closed is repressive or unteachable – it’s a minor, easily learned means of making what is essentially a pretty disgusting process (masticating food into a slurpable pulp) into a pleasant social occasion. But apparently “experts” think that being revolted by these sounds may even be a mental illness – misophonia.
I hope those experts never invite me to dinner.