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Idioms about tea
Origin of tea
OTHER WORDS FROM teatea·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH teatea , tee
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What does tea mean in slang?
There are, of course, many types of tea: green tea, bubble (boba) tea, the redundantly named chai tea, the tea tree and its oil, the Boston Tea Party, the teacup poodle, the Long Island iced tea, to name just a few.
But in slang, tea means “gossip,” a juicy scoop, or other personal information. (It’s best served piping hot.)
Where does the slang meaning of tea come from?
Tea refers to gossip or other private information. As far as we can tell, it was steeped in Black drag culture.
One theory connects tea to the celebrated drag performer The Lady Chablis, who is quoted in the 1994 bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: “Yeah, my T. My thing, my business, what’s goin’ on in my life.” T, here, is short for truth.
The slang tea may riff on The Lady Chablis’s T as well as on tea parties, at which well-to-do Southern women are popularly imagined to gossip. The term is especially found in the expression spilling the tea, or dishing out the gossip, associated with Black gay slang.
Tea spread thanks in part to RuPaul’s Drag Race starting in 2009. The reality show frequently uses (spilling the) tea for “gossip.” Meanwhile, talk show host Wendy Williams, has been known to drink actual tea while spilling some tea on her Wendy Williams Show.
One internet-famous tea-sipper is The Muppets‘s Kermit the Frog. In it, he is smugly taking a sip of Lipton tea and remarking “But that’s none of my business,” used to throw shade. The meme emerged as early as 2014 and is sometimes used, true to the slang tea, in contexts of gossip.
How to use the slang term tea
The Black gay and drag communities stills love tea, which spread into a more mainstream vernacular thanks to the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
clean up on aisle 8 cause the tea has been spilled https://t.co/sda5WuJsNT
— 🅱️ristian (@twerk4gaga) June 11, 2015
You can spill the tea like you would use the more common expression spill the beans.
This is the gif I’m going to use when there’s drama. Spill the tea sis I’m ready pic.twitter.com/md0fGYxeto
— Michelle (@bbyhoneyhaz) May 7, 2019
Other tea expressions include no tea no shade, what’s the tea sis, and that’s the tea.
i’m 110% sure that hailey bieber is pregnant and that’s the tea for today
— cecilie (@ceciliesw) May 7, 2019
It’s also common to see tea being used as a reaction to someone revealing some sensational information (e.g., Tea!).
More examples of tea:
“East St. Louis may not have the staple food like the overrated Harold’s Chicken (all tea, no shade). However, it was the mom and pop shops from your everyday neighbors, educators and church folks that ensured anyone could have a cooked meal when asked.”
—Alana Marie, The Root, February 2019
“When Drake dropped his highly anticipated Scorpion album on June 29, it’s safe to say that everyone was shook by a handful of lyrics in “Finesse,” which seemed to hint at a romance with the model.”
—Lara Walsh, Elite Daily, June 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use tea in a sentence
Terroir labels are also becoming more common for products like coffee, tea and craft beer, says Miguel Gómez, an economist at Cornell University who studies food marketing and distribution.How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste?|Carolyn Beans|September 10, 2020|Science News
I happen to like watching Doctor Who, but if that’s not your cup of tea, that’s fine with me.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Philip Goff|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
More recently, though, China has decided to upscale its tea outreach.
For all its economic and diplomatic might, though, China has its vulnerabilities — even with tea.
His team claimed he had ingested poison, probably through some tea he had drunk.Trump has long wanted to kill a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. Navalny’s poisoning could do it for him|David Meyer|September 8, 2020|Fortune
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A year before he had similarly arrived with news of the Boston Tea Party.
Senseless bureaucracy is part of what spawned the Tea Party.
“I happened upon yak butter tea, a traditional high-energy food eaten by Tibetans,” Asprey says.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food|DailyBurn|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adults prepare food and drink dark sweet tea on the doorsteps of their homes as they watch their children playing.
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Afterwards we saw you once or twice at tea at the Ritz, and you took off your hat, so you must have remembered then.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Janet might have said before leaving: "Tea had better not wait too long--Hilda has to be down at Clayhanger's at half-past six."Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
The tea was all laid on tables in the garden, and the sausages were cooking over a fire made on the grounds.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
A trim maid then brought in the tea equipage, and Georgie did the honours with her usual unaffected grace.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for tea
- the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
- such a beverage, served hot or iced
- (as modifier)tea caddy; tea urn
- any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
- any such beverage
- Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches
- (as modifier)a tea party
- Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
Word Origin for tea
Other Idioms and Phrases with tea
see cup of tea; not for all the tea in china; tempest in a teapot.