Just as you thought the internet couldn’t get any weirder, TikTok is being inundated with videos of people ‘gleeking.’
Warning: It’s pretty gross.
The term describes someone who can squirt saliva from under the tongue – which can happen accidentally while yawning, or be triggered deliberately, as demonstrated in the videos below.
One dentist (@zeina_dentist) took to TikTok to explain the bizarre bodily function, “This is called ‘gleeking’”, she said, along with a clip of a fellow TikTok user demonstrating the ‘trick.’ “It happens when a person can control their submandibular gland.”
“It can be done by pushing the tongue up and pushing the mandible forward”, she added.
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Apparently not, though it does mean your body is working as it should. Janet O’Mahony, MD, a Baltimore-area primary care doctor at Mercy Medical Center, told Health: “There’s nothing medical about it, but there’s nothing harmful about it.”
Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, added: “It’s the salivary glands doing what the glands are supposed to do.” We suppose this is better than the alternative.
In short, gleeking comes from “built-up watery saliva.” “As we eat, these glands are stimulated and force saliva out”, Wolff added.
The most you can garner from ‘gleeking’ is a few likes on social media.