Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 17, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #24 – 2013: Tea Party

The rescue word of the week is Tea Party.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

This rescue word (technically two words) is one of the most abused in our vocabulary.

  • Tea Party (Common usage) – an afternoon party that includes properly steeped hot tea, tea sandwiches (cucumber, curried chicken, etc.), savory pastries, scones, jam, clotted cream, Devonshire cream, and sweet pastries for dessert
  • Tea Party (Political usage) – applied to an individual or group who believes the U.S. Constitution should remain as the foundation of this country and government spending, taxes, and regulations should all be done in moderation

Notes on political definitions:

  • Tea Party individuals and groups may include liberals, libertarians, centrists, and conservatives.
  • Totalitarians (including progressives, socialists, and communists), anarchists, fascists, and extremists are not Tea Party


  1. Thanks for the political explanation. People are throwing out those two words every day and I really didn’t know what they were talking about. I’m not that politically savvy.

    • You’re very welcome, Patti. And you’re right that many individuals are throwing the words around. Judging by how they are being used incorrectly, I believe most don’t know the meaning of the words. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Tea party, to me, will always mean tea in pretty little cups, shared with friends, imaginary and real.

    • That’s my favorite definition, too, Gerri. I absolutely love tea and finger sandwiches. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  3. Thanks for your political definition. I don’t understand all these people who act like we Tea Partyers are some kind of radical fringe. I think you defined if perfectly.

    • Thank you so much, David. It’s sad when decent people are being falsely accused. I hope the correct definition spreads across the country. Cheers, Ashley

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