Let Us Not Take For Granted The Human Tongue!

Calgary, Alberta
April 14, 2016 3:21pm CST
This article is all about the wonderful tasks of the human tongue. If we examine closely our tongues even without the aid of a microscope, we see that its surface is covered with rough BUMPS called papillae similar to sandpapers. It is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body. What are the functions of the human tongue? Here they are: 1. TALKING: The tongue and the mouth have to work together to produce human voice. Have you ever imagined a tongue-less mouth or a mouth-less tongue? That would be funny. 2. TASTING: It transmits to the brain the taste of everything. It determines if a thing is sour, sweet, bitter, salty, or it tastes funny. 3. To MOISTEN: In the old days before e-mails became a reality, the tongue was used to moisten postage stamps and small mailing envelopes. The tongue can moisten anything under the sun. 4. To EXPRESS ANGER: Many people use their tongues instead of their middle fingers to express anger and to get even in a moderate way by pointing and wagging it toward the person or persons that hurt their feelings. Most young Filipinos wag their tongues instead of pointing upward their middle fingers to express anger or to get even. 5. LICKING: We could never enjoy the flavor of the month ice cream without taking our time licking it! In fact, Kentucky Fried Chicken even considered licking to mean tasty or yummy by coining this popular expression – “finger-licking-good.” These are the primary tasks of the human tongue. A word of caution or warning to those who love to lick anything that looks tasty or yummy: Use your discretion or common sense! Don’t just lick a thing that looks so irresistible to lick. You may regret it in the end. Have a wonderful day!
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@Corbin5 (109239)
• United States
14 Apr 16
I will use common sense when licking things! You just never know if your tongue will stick to that frozen surface outside in the winter months.
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• Calgary, Alberta
14 Apr 16
@Corbin5 Well, when I was young (and restless), I just licked anything that looked lickable! Thank God, nothing happened so bad to me except swallowing some insignificant things.
@Yar_Joey (3296)
• Philippines
15 Apr 16
I have a normal length of tongue but it had tasted many flavors already, from hot to cold.
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• Calgary, Alberta
15 Apr 16
Good for you @Yar_Joey . . . I am very careful drinking hot coffee - - one time a cup of very hot coffee burnt the tip of my tongue.
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@Yar_Joey (3296)
• Philippines
16 Apr 16
@antonbunot If you have a hot tongue from sipping hot coffee, why dont you dip your tongue in cold water?
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Apr 16
@Yar_Joey Hmmm, I will just wait to dip the tip of my tongue to where it loves to be dipped in the middle of the night!
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@DianneN (79896)
• United States
16 Apr 16
I had to laugh at the licking. It reminded me of the movie, Dumb and Dumber. No licking cold metal objects for me!
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Apr 16
@DianneN I was watching at our 2 young grandsons eating ice cream vanilla the other day. "Keep licking, boys . . your ice cream is melting fast!" I told them. And they licked their ice cream double time. They gave me the idea to write about the human tongue. While I was writing it - - Michael Douglas came to my mind. That is the reason why I am warning every one not lick every thing under the sun!
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@DianneN (79896)
• United States
16 Apr 16
@antonbunot Lol! I'll bet your grandsons are little cuties!
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• Calgary, Alberta
17 Apr 16
@DianneN Well, I think they are cute a little bit! . . Here they are!
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@ridingbet (55549)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
i love my tongue. hahaha! but my tongue is normal-sized that it is not like the taongue of Ann Curtis whose tongue can reach her nose.o, ha?!
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• Calgary, Alberta
18 Apr 16
@ridingbet . . You are kidding, right?! Ann Curtis is a Filipina actress, right? Whew, nagatiddog nga dilan, apo! (English translation: Whew, what a long tongue, Lord!)
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@ridingbet (55549)
• Philippines
19 Apr 16
@antonbunot yes she is. she is a funny actress. and yes, she showed how her tongue could touch the nostrils, and that is how long her tongue is.
@waflay (2726)
• Nairobi, Kenya
14 Apr 16
It's hard to imagine how the mouth would be without the tongue.
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• Calgary, Alberta
14 Apr 16
How about a mouth-less tongue?!
@jstory07 (68170)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Apr 16
It is very true the human tongue does a lot.
• Calgary, Alberta
14 Apr 16
@story07 I know! By the way, do you know other tasks of our tongues that I missed to mention because I actually don't know?
@SIMPLYD (80299)
• Philippines
19 Apr 16
It is a very useful part of the body yet it can cut deep, one's sensitivities if it is used to lash on someone you got angry with . The wound created may heal over time , but can never be forgotten .