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Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 4 04:20:59 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 9:34 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> One more -er--or maybe two. It seems a National Review editor, Jay
> Nordlinger ponders the meaning of "teabagger".
> A summary at TPM:
> Original piece:

Nordlinger pegs Apr. 15 as the birth of the Tea Party movement and
notes that "teabag" was being used as a verb on signs at the Tax Day
demonstrations. But "teabag" as a verb first showed up in relation to
Tea Party events in late January. Here's a Facebook announcement for
an event scheduled for Feb. 1:
"Tea Bag Party 2009! - Teabag the politicians!"

The Facebook wall has some back-and-forth about the double meaning of
"teabag" dated Jan. 26. Further discussion (from Jan. 27) in the
comments section here:

--Ben Zimmer

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