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WHAT "SPILL THE TEA" MEANS IN VERNACULAR ENGLISH
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"What does spill the tea mean?
Share the gossip
Spill the tea is a phrase used to tell a person to share any gossip that she knows. It's similar to the older "spill your guts" or "spill the beans" phrases.
The phrase comes from "Spill the T," where the "T" stands for "truth," which was introduced by drag queen Lady Chablis in the 1994 book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." However, the "spill the tea" phrase didn't become popular in mainstream culture until 2018*.
The phrase is a little more clever than "spill the T" because tea is something that you can actually spill but also still sounds the same as if you were just saying the letter "T." The phrase is typically used by females who love to gossip and want to know every dirty detail of other people's lives. You may also see variations of the phrase, such as "weak tea" or "give us the tea."
Example: "Stop holding out on us, spill the tea!"
There are a number of online examples-including some cited in this pancocojams post-that refute the statement that the phrase "spill the tea didn't become popular in mainstream culture until 2018."
From https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/428090/where-does-the-expression-spill-the-tea-come-from Where does the expression spill the tea come from
"The expression appears to have originated in American black drag culture:
It appears that T, also spelled tea, had a double-edged meaning in black drag culture. It could refer to a hidden truth, as Chablis uses it, and it could also refer to someone else's hidden truth—that is, gossip:
Straight life must be so boring. Because everyone conforms. These gay kids carry on. ... They give you dance and great tea [gossip]. — "Nate" quoted in One of the Children: An Ethnography of Identity and Gay Black Men, William G. Hawkeswood, 1991
As drag culture—and particularly black drag culture—gained
prominence, so too did this dual meaning use of tea. It's spread far beyond
black drag culture at this point. The phrase "spill the tea," used as
an encouragement to gossip, has been used in everything from Harlequin romance
novels to "RuPaul's Drag Race"; "no tea, no shade" has been
featured in explainers on black gay slang; comedian Larry Wilmore used
"weak tea" regularly on his 2015-16 Comedy Central show in response
to people who weren't telling the absolute truth.
The expression appears to have originated in American black drag culture:
user121863, edited Jan 25 '18 at 22:28, answered Jan 25 '18 at 20:17
"Spill the tea
To share gossip. A term started within the gay community of San Antonio, Texas and spread originally throughout the South Central region of the United States. Now used throughout the gay communities in United States and possibly other countries. It comes from the idea of having old Southern tea parties in the South to gossip behind people's back.
R: "Okay girls, it is time to spill the tea."
C: "What tea do you have?"
R: "A certain ex boyfriend of the grand Queen now
says he is straight"
by Beava Diva April 09, 2012
A CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL EXAMPLE OF "SPILL THE TEA"
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One of my top most favorite actors, spills the tea...#callHisBluff
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