Here is the email Paul Osmundson sent to employees:
From: "Osmundson, Paul - Rock Hill"
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:01:26 -0500
To: RH News <RHNews@heraldonline.com>
Conversation: Let's not use this word
Subject: Let's not use this word
The word "teabagger" has been used in recent months to describe those people who oppose Barack Obama's policies, especially those people who attend so-called "tea bag parties." This year, Oxford added the word to its dictionary. It was nominated for new word of the year. It lost out to "unfriend."
The only definition for "teabagger" that I could find on the Oxford University Press website refers to opponents of President Obama's policies.
However, there are other, more offensive definitions for the word. So, let's not use it.
We can write about tea bag parties. We can write about those people who attend the parties. But let's not call them - or anybody else - "teabaggers."
The editor doesn't explain in the email why the term is offensive (hint: try Wikipedia instead of the Oxford University Press website), but give him credit for setting a standard worthy of a respectable newspaper. (Thanks to the reader who sent me the email.)
Update: Not sure why, but people continually land on this post after doing a Google search for "who first used teabagger".