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From the cited article justifying this term as if it were appropriate:

"Having deliberated carefully over the word-usage evidence, Oxford's lexicographers are confident in their judgment that "teabagger" the political term stands distinctly apart from "teabagger" the vulgar term."

I think that's like saying "nigger" as used by African Americans to address one another in a friendly fashion stands distinctly apart from "nigger" used as a racial epithet.

I've never heard Tea Party members self-identify as teabaggers and it should be common knowledge that the word was coined by anti-tea-partiers as a pejorative.

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