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Questions for improving the article:

1)Were spittoons ever common outside of the USA and Canada?
2)What exactly is the difference between a spittoon and a cuspidor? My impression is that while the terms are sometimes used interchangably, the spitoon is specifically for chewing tobacco, while the cuspidor has wider uses, such as in dentist offices.

Wondering simply, -- Infrogmation 05:13, 13 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Okay, it's looking like spittoons were for spitting in general. Cuspidor is sometimes another name for the spittoon, but is also used for the dental sink. -- Infrogmation 23:01, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

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Topics for expanding the article[edit]

The near eastern spittoons or spitoon like items

What were they called?
When, where were they used?
What were they used for? Chewing anything?

Spittoon usage in Europe

Should dental cuspidor info go into article?

Cleaning spittoons: low class job, in US given to African Americans, recent immigrants. Fuller brush made special spittoon cleaning brushes.

Link to Inkjet Printers (disambig for Ink Spittoons)[edit]

Should there be a small disambig link to Inkjet printer, since they have components called "ink spittoons". Eptin

Wild West Tech[edit]

There are some phrases here (the paragraphs "Spittoons are flat-bottomed…" and on tuberculosis, at least) that are word for word or nearly so with the episode "Revenge Tech" on Wild West Tech. It appeared on this encyclopedia first, but I wonder if anyone knows of a common source both may have gotten the phrasing from. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:34, 26 April 2008 (UTC)


For the record, there are still spittoons in the gyms in oklahoma. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:39, 7 October 2008 (UTC)