Tea evolves with new generation

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Tea evolves with new generation

That's the tea, sis!

That's the tea, sis!

Vanderdecken

That's the tea, sis!

Vanderdecken

Vanderdecken

That's the tea, sis!

If you have recently heard of the following phrases: ‘Come spill the tea’, ‘What’s the tea?’ or ‘the tea is HOT!’, and you thought they were talking about earl grey or chamomile, you are definitely not under the age of thirty.

In simpler times, the definition of tea was an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves or other plants by soaking them in boiling water.  Nowadays, the definition of tea for Millennials and Generation Z’s has been skewed to mean gossip or personal information belonging to someone else.  Essentially, tea is exclusive drama that needs to be shared with a group of friends.

What prompted this shift in the definition of the harbor-thrown beverage that only the elite could afford?  Senior Sydney Shook credited internet celebrities for the new meaning of the word tea.

Shook explained, “Social media has definitely influenced the definition of the word tea.  Because YouTube is the main source of entertainment for teenagers, it’s only natural that we pick up on internet slang.”

According to an article that Merriam-Webster published, Shook has the right idea.  Merriam-Webster declared that tea originated in drag culture and was made popular by shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race.  

With a more forward-thinking and accepting society, teenagers are being exposed to more socially-diverse individuals than they typically would see in their small town high schools.  Because of this, it is understandable that teenagers take on language that is plastered all over social media.

Sophomore Rachel Faust stated, “I haven’t gone a day without using the word tea in my friend group.  I use it so much that it would be weird if I stopped.”

Tea is a bonding tool for all ages whether a person is sipping on some matcha or spreading the news on the latest celebrity scandal.  

So which tea will you choose…the drink or the drama?