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Question by  wigglewasp (781)

What is the phobia of gum?

My mom has this aversion to gum, she thinks it is tacky to chew and refuses to chew it herself.


Answer by  fairee (181)

The fear of chewing gum is called "chiclephobia". It is based more on the fear of the germs associated with used gum than the act of chewing the gum. Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous chiclephobes. She even went to the extreme of banning anyone chewing gum from her studios.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

Many people don't like gum, it has long been considered rude to chew it in public, and lots of people feel that the constant chewing is disgusting and unflattering for both the chewer and to those who witness the behavior. This is not a phobia, rather it is social conditioning.


Answer by  Mary39 (521)

Chiclephobia is the fear of gum. It doesn't sound like she has a phobia of gum though, just a strong dislike for the act of chewing gum.


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

That would be Chiclephobia. Though, it doesn't sound like your mom has a fear of gum. If she did, she would be hurrying along at a very quick pace, to say the least, just from the site of gum of people chewing it. It seems like she really just doesn't enjoy gum.

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