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What does tea-bag mean?
Tea-bagging is the act of placing one’s testicles in the mouth of another person, often repeatedly, raising and lowering it like a person dipping a tea bag.
Content warning: the following sections include further references to sexual content, which is involved in the history and use of the slang term.
Where does tea-bag come from?
Tea-bagging takes its name from actual tea bags, little permeable sacks of tea leaves steeped in hot water for a cup of tea.
The sexual slang tea-bagging was first recorded in the 1990s. It’s a very colorful term for sucking on a partner’s testicles (or otherwise placing the crotch in someone’s face)—with the motion of lowering and raising one’s testicles out of another’s mouth, which is said to resemble the dunking of a tea bag into a cup of hot water.
The term was notably referenced in John Waters’s 1998 film Pecker. Tea-bagging became mentioned as a juvenile prank a guy performs on another when he’s asleep or passed out from drinking. Tea-bagging figures as such in episodes of the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia from 2006 and 2008.
The tea-bagging gag has also spread to video-game culture, where players tea-bag a fallen character by repeatedly kneeling and standing over their head, shoving their cyber-junk into the fallen cyber-faces. This ritual can be a show of dominance, performed by a killer over their victim, or bro-ish affection, done as a humorous tribute to a fallen comrade.
Tea-bagging in video games appears to have emerged in the late 1990s in first-person shooter games like Counter-Strike and Quake, when short closeups of murdered characters allowed other players to go over and tea-bag the dead person in triumph. It continues to be a common practice in games such as Halo and Call of Duty, where players take advantage of similar closeups and multiple perspectives to tea-bag their kills.
Teabagger has also been used as an insult for members of the conservative Tea Party political movement. Referencing the Boston Tea Party, members of the movement asked Americans to mail tea bags to Washington as a protest in April 2009. The insult, in many instances, has also punned on the sexual slang tea-bagging.
How is tea-bag used in real life?
As a friend remarked, “Having a horse eat your face while tea-bagging your enemy, very The Classical World” pic.twitter.com/5UCToaqN0Y
— The Ancient World (@TheAncientWorld) April 15, 2020
Why is tea-bagging still a thing in online gaming? #comeon
— Nathan Elekonich (@NateE501) May 3, 2014
More examples of tea-bag:
“Getting teabagged is always a frustrating experience, mainly because it’s adding insult to the injury of in-game death, and even worse, it foster an unwelcome environment for those that might want to avoid triggering examples of sexual abuse.”
—Corey Plante, Inverse, April 2018
How to use tea bag in a sentence
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
Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|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.
Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
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