Teabag (was RE: more on -er (UNCLASSIFIED))

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 4 05:57:45 UTC 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 12:22 AM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Matt Gordon
>> I haven't been following this thread very carefully, so please forgive me if this has been
>> asked and answered. Was "teabag" as the name of a sex act widely known and used
>> before 5 or so years ago? I became familiar with the word through its use in online gaming
>> (some games allow a player to stand over a fallen enemy and squat down), and I'm wondering
>> what role video games might have played in spreading the term.
> The use of teabag in the sense indicated is more than five years old.
> Citation: The concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and
> unconventional English by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, Routledge, 2007.
> Teabag is given as a verb with 1998 as the date and U.S as the location.
> http://books.google.com/books?id=cCVnlIUTpg4C&q=teabag#v=snippet&q=teabag&f=false

1998 was when "teabagging" entered pop culture via the John Waters
movie "Pecker". Here's a clip:


And here's some discussion by Waters:


But references can be found on Usenet back to 1994 at least:

"Teabaggin'," alt.sex, Jan. 22 1994

--Ben Zimmer

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