When you say something leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you are really saying (in most circumstances) that it made you uncomfortable or it was an unpleasant experience. I have discovered a whole new meaning for this expression and simply could not resist sharing my newfound knowledge.
I reposted a political joke about the Tea Party movement a few months ago on Facebook. I quickly received a message from one of my friends about the joke I had posted. She said she was very insulted by the post and she that she was a strong supporter of the Tea Party. We had often disagreed on many political issues; we definitely stood on opposing sides of many issues we had discussed in the past. Her message was sent to me privately and it quickly got my attention because she was never shy about publicly voicing her opposition to my opinions. I am not one to dismiss input I receive from people on issues and politics is not any different. I always try to listen to what opposing viewpoints represent and figure out why they feel the way they do on a particular issue.
I told her I did not understand her disdain with the post and asked what was so bad about it. It didn’t seem out of line, it was simply just one more joke in a long line of jokes I had posted over the years. She told me to Google the definition of “teabagging." I agreed and went to my Mozilla Firefox web explorer and did as she asked. Let’s just say I quickly became enlightened and felt this was something I should share.
According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of teabagging is 5: n. (gerund):
1. A sexual act wherein a man inserts his scrotum into another person's mouth, imitative of the act of brewing tea. It may be done for erotic or mischievous reasons.
2. The act of protesting certain fiscal policies of the federal government, performed by conservative American citizens who do not understand just how out of touch they are with the nation's youth.
"Right there–middle of the page, FOX News. They're calling themselves 'tea-baggers.' Did no one think of running a Google search beforehand?"
Be it a frat party or the National Mall, remember: tea bagging impresses no one and will only lead to a bad taste in someone's mouth.
The more you know, the less you understand.