So much for the word “teabagger” fading into obscurity

Bad news for teabaggers who were hoping the odious expression that irritates them so much would fade from use.

Sadly, it’s not to be.  So much a part of popular political lexicon has the word “teabagger” become, the New Oxford American Dictionary chose it as one of its “Word of the Year” finalists (along with “Death Panels”!), although the winning word was  “unfriend”:

A testament to how popular social networking has become, Oxford American Dictionary has picked the word “unfriend” as the word of the year.

According to the dictionary, unfriend is a verb that means to “remove someone as a friend on a social networking site such as Facebook.”  […]

List of more finalists: […]

* death panel – a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed

* teabagger – a person who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773

The teabaggers had no idea what they were unleashing with this:

Maybe next year the word “moran” will make the cut!

14 Responses to “So much for the word “teabagger” fading into obscurity”


  1. 1 Torontonian Monday, November 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I keep saying that the stuff just writes itself.

    What clowns these mortals be!

  2. 2 JJ Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    For a word that didn’t exist (in that context) before last spring to go to a contender for Word of the Year is pretty impressive. Clearly “teabagger” is here to stay.

  3. 3 Torontonian Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Steven Colbert did that with “truthyness”.

    The same year as his show started, it worked
    its way into several lists of neologisms.

  4. 4 Reality Bites Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:58 am

    My guess is that “word of the year” is always a word that was coined that year.

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    RB – D’oh! 😳

    ETA – RB, it just occurred to me that “unfriend” has been a word (in general usage, if not in the dictionary) for at least a couple of years, so words might not have to be from this same year to be in the running for Word of the Year. (But in that case, I’m not sure what the guidelines are…)

  6. 6 The Anti-Social Socialist Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I think they got the definition wrong, though.

    Teabagger: A person who will go out of their way to protest any initiatives taken by a Democrat and forcing themselves to remain ignorant of the facts, preferring lies and skewed talking points prepared by their corporate-funded, millionaire superiors.
    See also: Moran, Douchebag, Fucktard.

  7. 7 JJ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

    antisocial – Oh, that’s a very good definition! Or an alternative definition could be:

    Teabagger: A highly malleable low-information political protester who inexplicably works against his own self-interest for the benefit of those who want to screw him.

  8. 8 The Anti-Social Socialist Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    JJ – Yours is far better 😀

  9. 9 JJ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Nah, I’d call it a tie! More like definition (a) and (b). I’m sure there’s probably a (c) as well.

  10. 10 RealityBites Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    OK, it may not have to have been coined that year, but certainly one of recent vintage that they believe has reached a certain level of general awareness. If everyone started saying “groovy” again I doubt it would make the list.

  11. 11 JJ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I say groovy 😐

    😆 😉

  12. 12 Bleatmop Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I say groovy all the time, though no-one has joined me yet. Ima gonna take it back though.

  13. 13 deBeauxOs Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    RB – Why do you hate the 60’s?

    😆

  14. 14 RealityBites Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I certainly don’t hate the 60s. Some of my best marks in school were in the 60s.


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