Talking with your mouth full

The following email conversation was had by two straight, married, adult males while discussing the above clip and the subsequent comments by Andrew Sullivan. It was forwarded to me by one of their wives, who was understandably concerned. By the way, one of these two gentlemen, and I won’t say which, has aspirations of running for County Commissioner. At least that’s what I’m told.

Mr. X: ?

Mr. Y: what

Mr. X: Sullivan’s correction. I mean, literally, in the euphemistic sense, Cooper’s correct.

Mr. Y: difference between giving and receiving I think

Mr. X: right. cooper referred to the giver. Sullivan’s referring to the receiver.

Mr. Y: so why is it hard for the giver to talk?

Mr. X: depends on your definition of teabagging, I guess.

Mr. Y: I didn’t watch the clip yet, let me preface teabagging is something you do, getting teabagged is something that happens to you

Mr. X: can’t believe we’re discussing this, but nonetheless, Cooper says “It’s hard to talk while you’re teabagging”

Mr. Y: yeah, that’s wrong

Mr. X: right. so Sullivan’s quote you mentioned is wrong.

Mr. Y: damnit – no, anderson’s quote is incorrect – it’s easy to talk while teabagging – hard to talk while being teabagged

Mr. X: Cooper says “It’s hard to talk while you’re teabagging” – if you have someone’s balls in your mouth, I would assume that it is DIFFICULT to talk.

Mr. Y: the one with balls in mouth is not teabagging, they’re getting teabagged – the one who owns the balls is teabagging – so unless there is a teabagging daisy chain, the teabagger can prolly talk – that was my understanding at least

Mr. X: hmm. okay. see, the “teabagging” in my way of thinking is akin to how some people suck the juice from an actual bag of tea. They’re “teabagging”, meaning they’re sucking on it.

Mr. Y: ok, I can see that interp

Mr. X: They’re not “being teabagged” when they’re sucking the remnants of the bag.
the bag itself is nothing but the bag in this sense.

Mr. Y: right, b/c the teabag is a neutral actor

Mr. X: yes.

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  1. Mr. X
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Mr. X here. I also, once it was pointed out to me via urban dictionary the definition of “teabagging,” ceded my argument. Still, after the break is the message I sent to all parties involved in the discussion (our wives; Mark; a few other friends). I’m not rehashing; just want to say that, again, I don’t think the genesis of the definition is completely thought-out and legitimate:
    I’ll sadly say that while I see the “dunking” thing and agree with the definition if that’s the interpretation of teabagging, I don’t like the act of the “dunker” being referred to as the one who is “teabagging.” But then again, this stems from a (nonexperiential, mind you) introduction to this term in college, and maybe rather than the “dunking” of said teabag, without benefit of urban dictionary I instead associated “teabagging” with something the giver does, how some people actually suck the juice from a teabag, which seems to me somehow better than merely dunking, anyway.

  2. Brackinald Achery
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Who the hell sucks the juice out of a used tea-bag?

    I can see crushing a pair of testicles against the inner surface of a mug with the back of a spoon to get the last squeeze of juice out, but sucking on them?

  3. Posted April 17, 2009 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Mr. X is from Kansas.

  4. Tam
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Yes. We who enjoy receiving teabags make it a practice of using our tongues to mercilessly crush said bags against the roofs of our mouths until every drop of moisture is gone. If you do it well, when you’re done, there should just be a withered sack of sawdust.

  5. Paw
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Hmmm. I can’t imagine why their wives might be concerned. I don’t suppose it would have anything to do with the graphic talk of stuffing their balls into one another’s mouths, would it?

  6. Mr. Y
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Y here, and I must say that I feel vindicated. Just about everyone dunks the teabag, but only a select handful suck the last drop directly from the bag.

  7. Paw
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I’m not gay in the slightest, but I’d really like to see a photo of Mr. X and Mr. Y kissing. Can that happen?

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