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Tea (3)

noun; other word formation type Metonymy
Gossip
 
Used in more colloquial settings among friends than “gossip”. Tea is an other word formation because it gained another meaning through metonymy. Oftentimes when people hold interpersonal conversations face-to-face, it is complimented with food and drink. Frequently, these interactions are between friends and involve telling friends about one’s own business, or gossiping about the business of others. In these social settings, the proffered beverage is oftentimes tea. Thus, the tea drink was associated with the gossip shared with it through metonymy. This word is commonly used in the phrase “spill the tea”, which means to tell others the juicy gossip.
Etymology : Other type of word formation. Tea already existed as the word for a drink; however, tea gained another meaning through metonymy.
Source : “This [is] where the real tea [is] at” Context: Characters discussing what is going on within a relationship Accessed: 12/3/2019 Published: 7/2/2019
Last modified: 22 December 2019


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