Is Chewing Gum Still Chewing Gum If It Doesn't Stick?

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I don't know, gum today—when I was a kid, you could stick it behind your ear and still guarantee it'd be there nine days later. Kids of today will never know the pain of having it scraped from their hair.


Developed at Bristol University in England, the Rev7 gum is amphiphilic, which means it both repels water (hydrophobic) and dissolves in water (hydrophilic) at the same time. Sounds impossible, I know, but basically it's that hydrophobic nature which makes it chewable and consistent with other gums, but due to its hydrophilic properties, it also doesn't stick, and can be cleaned up easily.

If it doesn't let young boys stick it in the hair of girls they fancy though, is it real gum? [Rev7 via PSFK via OhGizmo]

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My poor non-native English-speaking brain is trying to parse the compound words (or noun phrases?) of the subject line. First I tried to interpret it like

"Is [the act of chewing] gum still [considered chewing] gum if it doesn't stick?"

How could 'chewing' stick? Sort of like: "Is eating bread still eating bread if it doesn't [insert verb here]?"