I so agree on all these but am a big gum chewer here not at the dinner table though! I hate it when people spit little flecks of food and you need a body shield Food in people's teeth...Any slurping or sneezing noise just ruins it for me. I knew this one girl who would stick her gum in her soda to save it for later while she drank the soda, that makes me want to vomit thinking about it. BTW, how come when ppl get older they talk with their mouths full? My parents do this now but they never did when I was a kid!