Why are people revealing secrets spilling the tea instead of the beans lately?


Has "spilling the beans" become stodgy and needs a voguish replacement? I am seeing "spilling the tea" everywhere.

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Tea has a slang usage also which can be used in expressions similar to “spill the beans”. The origin appears to be from AAVE. As noted in the Wiktionary entry the “tea” is the T for Truth.

In slang, "tea" is a term used to refer to gossip or inside information. It is often used in the phrase "spill the tea" or "serve the tea," which means to share juicy or exclusive details about a situation or person.

(From: later.com)

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