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Why do some people wipe their lips when they are clean?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (20524points) 1 month ago

Sort of like phantom limb disorder? Where a severed limb feels itchy, after it is gone.

I will call it phantom lips disorder.

Humor welcome.

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chyna's avatar

They wipe just in case there is something hanging off.

canidmajor's avatar

@chyna A visual of many, tiny, angry, lizards hanging from one’s lips comes to mind…

zenvelo's avatar

They are being polite and respectful of those who may be in there presence while eating.

When they are eating their chicken wings with their fingers and slurping their ramen, they can eat any way they please.

Dutchess_III's avatar

To make sure there is no food sticking to their lips. They don’t know they’re clean, so they’re just making sure.

Jeruba's avatar

Habit. Good habit.

Patty_Melt's avatar

They are drawing attention to their lips to arouse someone. If they purse them as they dab, they are trying to invite a kiss.
If they are dabbing, and their lips are slightly parted, they are trying to make someone think of them breathing heavy.
If they wipe their lips, and then toss a piece of bacon to their dog, get away quick. Don’t look back.

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Forever_Free's avatar

I lick them with my tongue ever so slowly every 10 minutes to stop the terrible habit of wiping them.

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