What’s So Bad About Being a Mouth-breather?

There are a few commercials out there these days that insinuate that folks who breathe through their mouths and not their noses because of congestion are somehow silly people. Or people to laugh at. Or people who get their pictures taken while gasping for air, and the pictures go viral. Ok, I get it; it’s hard to breathe through your nose when it’s stuffed up.

Just for giggles, I looked up the word, “mouth-breather.” I was a bit shocked when I read in Dictionary.com this definition of “mouth-breather”: “A stupid person; moron; idiot.” REALLY?!? I realize that there is way too much attention on political correctness these days, but I do find this definition, if not outright offensive, at least tactless.

Why? Because I have one very narrow nostril passage, which means that if I only breathe through my nose I don’t get enough air. Out of necessity, I often breathe through my mouth so that I don’t pass out from lack of oxygen. I do it as discretely as possible, not wanting to look like a fish out of water.

Look, I’m really not all that fussed about most PC issues; I can usually laugh them off. But seriously; now “mouth-breather” is an insult? Sheesh!

I will probably live to be somewhere in the late 80s-early-90s, and by then, perhaps mouth-breathers like me will be an unpleasant artifact of genetics gone wrong. Perhaps by that time I will also have a few white whiskers on my chin, a large mole between my eyebrows, and maybe I might drool because I will still have to breathe more through my mouth.

Even so, there’s a purpose for everyone! Or as an aunt used to say, “If I can’t be a beautiful inspiration, at least let me be a horrible example.”


One thought on “What’s So Bad About Being a Mouth-breather?

  1. Jodi says:

    lol! keep on breathing jane! and keep on writing! You make my day.

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