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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Public Service Announcement

Seeing as I've heard a bunch of people with normally very clean mouths refer to the tea party people as teabaggers, I think you should all know something. Teabagger however apt it might be, is a very impolite word. It refers to a sex act. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I bet if you use your imagination, you can figure it out.
Also, a message to all you sweet moms and grandmas: blow your wad does not refer to blowing one's wad of cash. Just so you know. 
Interesting fact, however: the expression balls to the wall is not vulgar. Or at least its origins aren't. According to the Maven's Archive, balls to the wall, is military slang, and it refers to the ball at the top of an airplane's throttle. To put the ball to the wall was to push the throttle as far forward as it could go, kind of like the expression floor it, referring to pushing a car's gas pedal all the way to the floor.
Of course, I imagine that the double entendre was not lost on those who coined the expression.


And now you know. And knowing is half the battle. 

2 comments:

tribalprincess said...

And then there's some of us who are very much embracing and loving the fact that it is impolite. Reveling in it even :D
You have, however, enlightened me about "balls to the wall." I have actually stopped myself from saying that a few times at work when it seemed the most appropriate answer to "how'd your night go?" Of course the fact that I know that doesn't mean that the managers do and wouldn't take offense, lol.

tribalprincess said...

And also, for that last comment to post, my verification word was "dingno" and I had to shout "The dingno ate mah baby!" loudly. And yes I pronounced it the way the fake word was spelled, lol. I need to go to sleep now I think.

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