Licked an Envelope and Cut My Tongue

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
January 9, 2009 9:15pm CST
It happens every year. Every time I get my Christmas cards ready to mail and lick the envelopes, I cut my tongue. Why does that happen? Maybe my tongue just gets lazy from licking all those envelopes. Does this ever happen to you?
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6 responses
• Philippines
10 Jan 09
you got a paper cut, my friend. =) sometimes the paper's edges can be very sharp. i used to lick envelopes too. but i read an e-mail about these envelopes being stored and sometimes rats pee on them. and then somebody got an infection for licking an envelope that had rat's urine. since then i stopped licking and just wet my finger with water to seal envelopes.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Ew gross, I never heard that before. I guess I won't be licking any more envelopes.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
15 Sep 10
Hi, Shar19. This has happened to me a couple of times too. I try my best to be extra careful from now on though. But it still will happen to me even though. I think that it comes from my tongue being too, close to the edge of the envelope. The sharpness on the edge of the envelope has made it hard to keep from licking the envelope without getting cut from it. It is like getting a paper cut, but the only difference is that it is on the tongue. Ouch!!
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
11 Jan 09
Hello Shar. I am so sorry that you cut your tongue from licking the envelope. I have never licked a single envelope, but use my hand dipping into the water to seal it. Take care next time, dear friend.
• United States
10 Jan 09
yes & it hurts like the devil. paper cuts really make little really sore places.
@youless (98726)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Jan 09
As you know, the paper is too thin and therefore it's sharp. Just be careful next time. It won't happen to me as I don't lick on the envelope. I am very traditional. I just use glue and it's also very convenient and safe. I love China
@richi1993 (102)
• Mexico
10 Jan 09
It happened to me once. It probably happens because the paper is as thin as a blade and it can cut the skin easily.