Teabonics

One thing I’ve noticed during the proliferation of teabagger rallies is that those people can’t spell. Well, maybe this is a general problem of Americans rather than right-wing loons, but look, if you’re gonna make a sign, could you please check the spelling?

Flickr has pictures of 60 hilarious teabagger signs.

47 Comments

  1. John Danley
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Mommas don’t let yer babies grow up to be monoglots…

  2. justsearching
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    In all fairness, there is a faint E and an apostrophe tagged on to the first sign. This should give us hope that at least some of those in the Tea Party are literate.

    • Astrosmash
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      It’s a pretty lame fix though.

      The real heartbreak is the words that they do misspell. No 50 cent one in the lot…

      • Posted April 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

        50 cent words one knows to look up; 10 cent words people think they know.

  3. Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I would love it if “infromed” took off as a meme. It’s such a perfect word for … well, for the thing that Fox News does to people instead of informing them.

    • Martin
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      I think this is a great idea. Fox News is an excellent source of infromation.

      • Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

        Check out the Infromation Superhighway!

      • Scott Hanley
        Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Given the echo chamber quality of conservative political discussion, perhaps that should be spelled “inframation.”

    • Draken
      Posted April 3, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

      I’d rather call it infoamation, like, these people are foaming at the mouth, all being well-infoamed.

  4. daveau
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Nice. Multi-layered ignorance.

  5. NewEnglandBob
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I love the one “Make English America’s OFFICAL language”

  6. Posted April 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Teabonics is an awesome word. +1 to whoever coined it.

    Awesome post. Loved the photos! 🙂

  7. SaintStephen
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Teabonics“: a new meme is born.

    Thanks for the morning belly laugh! Perhaps there is a cottage industry for signmaking machines that incorporate spellchecking software…

  8. litchik
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    While I do chuckle at the misspellings on English Only signs, as the mother of a brilliant and dyslexic child I feel compelled to point out that the ability to spell is not correlated to intelligence.

    Intelligence has been shown to be negatively correlated to a belied in god, though. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6W4M-4SD1KNR-1/2/ce1fa066af0a4b4269d9e3385fd6edfd

    • Becca Stareyes
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      True, but I find that many dyslexics know they can’t spell all that well and are self-aware enough to check. Especially when something will be seen by people.

  9. Hedgefundguy
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    By calling teaparty members derogatory names doesn’t affect the substance of their arguments against the most left-wing, Marxist, socialist, fascist, power-grabbing, big government president this country has ever seen (even if a lot of ’em can’t spell).

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      You’re right—their arguments are still wrong even if they’re morons.

      • Hedgefundguy
        Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

        What is moronic about not wanting the government to create a totally dependent class while having people who work for a living support those who are too lazy to work? All of this administration’s policies are about increasing government power by taking over private industries– auto, healthcare, energy, etc.,. What happened to rugged individualism and self-reliance?

        • Ian
          Posted April 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

          There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the able bodied pulling their weight, but what is wrong with the richest country in the world looking after the weakest members of society?

          • Insightful Ape
            Posted April 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

            Socialism!!! Run for the hills!

            • Michael K Gray
              Posted April 3, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

              Yeah! Look at how it has ruined Britain & Australia & Sweden & Denmark & … (!)

              Does “Liberalism” equate with “personal short-term selfishness” in the USA as I assume it to so do?

        • SaintStephen
          Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

          Yeah. Tell me again that managing a hedge fund is “real” work. “Rugged individualism”… LMFAO!

          I think I’ll go to Vegas and do some real work on the roulette wheel.

          Please save your fatuous talking points for Fox News.

          • Janet Holmes
            Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

            Indeed, what does a hedge fund manager actually produce? Besides economic collapse that is!

            And the Australian health service is quite socialistic and works pretty well thank-you very much. No-one ever has to declare bankruptcy over their health bills on this side of the Pacific!

        • Insightful Ape
          Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

          Are there Poes in politics too? Impeccable lining up of big words-have to think is suspect.
          Oh, and the original name is teabaggers-“tea party people” was just an afterthought once they realized their chosen name might cause a “misunderstanding”.

          • Janet Holmes
            Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

            Oh yeah, I had to google teabaggers to find out what everyone was going on about (I’ve lived a sheltered life), I nearly died laughing!

        • swences
          Posted April 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

          Look Hedge, there will always be freeloaders. I get that, I think we all do. But to say that as a blanket statement to excuse yourself from lending a hand or creating some sort of safety net for those who do work hard but do not make enough money to provide themselves or their families with healthcare is utterly wrong and callous.

          And honestly, if it means I lose a couple of hundred bucks a YEAR, in order that millions don’t have to live worried that just because they suffer a serious injury or illness that they might lose everything they’ve ever worked for, so be it. For all those tea-baggers, quit being so damn in love with your miniscule percentages of money and grow a damn heart already.

        • KP
          Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

          Furthermore, Hedge, where are all the brilliant Captains of Industry issuing forth with their brilliant plans to increase the quality of life for people????? Last I heard, the auto, banking, and energy companies were perfectly happy to take bailout money (translation: corporate welfare) for their own economic failures.

          • Hedgefundguy
            Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

            Auto companies had no choice to take bailout money because GM’s & Chrysler’s only option was to liquidate. Banks were also in dire straights although JP Morgan didn’t want the TARP money but was forced to take it anyways. There was no energy company bailout. The free market determines whether a company’s product is worthwhile, either their products are bought by customers or they go out of business. Innovative products improve the quality of life for those who buy them– how much do you love your iPhone? Those disgusting people at Apple, only interested in profits and not focused on improving people’s quality of life!

            • Insightful Ape
              Posted April 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

              Hedge, there are better words to describe what you call “rugged individualism”.
              When it is the working class people thumping their chests, opposing something in their own economic interest like healthcare reform, it is called machoism.
              When it is hedge fund guys taking advantage of such people it is called cynicism.

            • Bryan
              Posted April 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

              I call political poe. Did Hedge seriously just say that bank bailouts were justified because the banks were in “dire straits”? How could a person willing to employ this logic oppose health care on the grounds that it poses an unacceptable risk to rugged individualism?

              Hold on – on further reading Hedgefundguy is either 1) ironic, 2) drunk, or 3) an idiot. Logical incoherence on this scale in a single paragraph could not be achieved by a sincere, sober, and intelligent person:
              “Auto companies had no choice to take bailout money because GM’s & Chrysler’s only option was to liquidate… The free market determines whether a company’s product is worthwhile, either their products are bought by customers or they go out of business.”

            • SaintStephen
              Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

              There is no such thing as a “free market”, moron.

            • SaintStephen
              Posted April 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

              BTW my comment was directed at Hedge, not you, Bryan.

            • Jason A.
              Posted April 3, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

              “Auto companies had no choice to take bailout money because GM’s & Chrysler’s only option was to liquidate.

              The free market determines whether a company’s product is worthwhile, either their products are bought by customers or they go out of business.”

              Could you repeat that?

            • tmplikeachilles
              Posted April 3, 2010 at 4:31 am | Permalink

              Say what you like about hedgefundguy, but you have to admit that he is a master of well-infromed argument.

    • Becca Stareyes
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      [citation needed]

    • Skeltzer
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Maybe it’s just me not being a native speaker, but what is the subject of your sentence?

      • articulett
        Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        *giggle* (Hedgefund guy appears to be in the running for a Dunning-Kruger award like those he defends–)

    • ckitching
      Posted April 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      Another person who has no idea what socialist (let alone Marxist) actually means.

      By the way, can you tell me where these teabaggers were when the previous administration granted itself powers to intercept any communication it wanted without warrant? When it decided to fund ridiculous military boondoggles like ballistic missile defence? When it handed out billions of dollars worth of contracts without public bidding to friends of the administration? When it invented new terms to classify people in order to avoid having to obey either the laws of war, or the civil laws?

      Or is this just the way the right is trying to out-crazy the nuts on the left from when Bush was president? So far, I think you’re winning. You’re making the ‘9/11 truthers’ look almost rational next to the death panels, secret muslim, birther, conservatives-in-concentration-camps, and secret communist conspiracy theories.

      • NewEnglandBob
        Posted April 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

        Well said, ckitching.

    • daveWTC
      Posted April 4, 2010 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      Yeah, correct me if wrong, but didn’t the bank bailouts ($700B worth of them) start under Bush? Didn’t Bush tell us how necessary they were? Did you post similar (stupid) comments about Bush at the time? You Bushes and Hedges are getting too much of your infromation from Faux News. By the way, your tea is getting cold.

  10. jimvj
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Teabonics truthiness: Feedom is not free!

    Or is that a deepity?

    • Posted April 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      It’s a truthy infromative deepity.

      • Artikcat
        Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        Are you comfortable with Teabonics ?.. too close to Ebonics? (not good if used pejoratively..)

  11. Michael K Gray
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Some of these just *have* to be deliberate, surely?
    Or are some Yanks truly that uneducated?

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted April 3, 2010 at 5:44 am | Permalink

      You’re kidding, right?

  12. Aeternitas
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Lol can’t say anymore, i mean I’m not even a native speaker but even I….
    really can’t stand that.

  13. Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    “TEABONICS”: Linguists are calling this New English Language Vernacular a Phenomenon that is Sweeping Across America.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/3/28/851690/-TEABONICS


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