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Entry from May 17, 2020
“You can’t spell subtext without buttsex”

An anagram of “subtext” is “buttsex.” “You can’t spell subtext without buttsex” is a saying that has been printed on several images.

“Do you seriusly mean to tell me that the fact that ‘subtext’ is an anagram for ‘butt sex’ is just an accident?” was posted on the newsgroup bit.listserv.cinema-l on August 21, 1992. “happy to know buttsex is anagram for subtext, thanks boingboing! replaces computerised/pseudometric as fave anagram” was posted on Twitter by jessamyn on January 28, 2008.

“You can’t spell subtext without buttsex” was posted on Twitter by Bumblebee Zero on March 22, 2009. “What I just learned from Robert Downey Jr and tumblr: you can’t spell ‘subtext’ without ‘buttsex.’ Lol!!!” was posted on Twitter by 饾枆饾枂饾枎饾枠饾枮饾枃饾枂饾枔饾枆饾枎饾枡 on October 2, 2011. American actor Robert Downey Jr. popularized the saying, but did not coin it.


Wikipedia: Subtext
Subtext is any content of a creative work which is not announced explicitly by the characters or author, but is implicit or becomes something understood by the observer of the work as the production unfolds. Subtext has been used historically to imply controversial subjects without drawing the attention, or wrath, of censors. This has been especially true in comedy, but it is also common in science fiction, where it can be easier and safer to make social critiques if it is set in a time other than the (author’s) present.

Google Groups: bit.listserv.cinema-l
donkey crap
P30...@niu.bitnet
8/21/92
The “crap” refered to is, I think, an attitude behind certain posting which has the subtext “We’re all good people here so obviously we’re all going to vote for slick willie. Anyone who isn’t is either stupid or evil anyway”. Doesn’t it disturb you that, given Hilarys’ fine credential as a man hater, Chelsea, Slick Willies’ one child, is almost surely a turkey baster baby? Do you seriusly mean to tell me that the fact that “subtext” is an anagram for “butt sex” is just an accident? Think about it.

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thee temple ov platonick youth
@aemilius_heros
Replying to @elizasea
@elizasea take a lesson from lord voldemort. subtext = buttsex!
9:39 PM 路 Jul 18, 2007路Twitter Web Client

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jessamyn
@jessamyn
happy to know buttsex is anagram for subtext, thanks boingboing! replaces computerised/pseudometric as fave anagram
5:26 PM 路 Jan 28, 2008路Twitter Web Client

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Bumblebee Zero
@onnawaffle
You can’t spell subtext without buttsex.
12:30 AM 路 Mar 22, 2009路Twitter Web Client

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LyndonJPN
@LyndonJPN
you can’t spell “Buttsex” without “subtext.”
10:01 PM 路 Mar 22, 2009路Twitter Web Client

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Adam Kragt
@kragit
“You can’t spell subtext without buttsex.” Mind = blown.
1:31 AM 路 Apr 18, 2010路Twigee

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饾枆饾枂饾枎饾枠饾枮饾枃饾枂饾枔饾枆饾枎饾枡
@daisy_bandit
What I just learned from Robert Downey Jr and tumblr: you can’t spell “subtext” without “buttsex.” Lol!!!
9:11 PM 路 Oct 2, 2011路Twitter for Android

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corey
@coreyhess
“You can’t spell ‘subtext’ without ‘buttsex’.” - Robert Downey, Jr.
#SeniorQuote ?
11:48 PM 路 Oct 4, 2011路Twitter for iPhone

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spn writers
@spnwriter
u cant spell subtext without buttsex
wait what
3:06 AM 路 Jul 25, 2014路Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/mattiolc August 20, 2015
You can’t spell “subtext” without “buttsex”

Scoops (New Zealand)
Sex, Drama and Comedy Collide in Mating in Captivity
Monday, 11 July 2016, 12:29 pm
Monday 11 July, 2016 - Balling. Boffing. Bushwhacking. A hot beef injection. Kissing fish. Getting laid. Call it whatever you like, but its all sex. And there’s so much to say about sex. Last Tapes Theatre Company presents the debut season of Mating in Captivity by Oliver Page, as part of the 2016 First Steps season. It’s whip smart, it’s funny, it’s about sexual subtext and you can’t spell ‘Subtext’ without ‘Butt-Sex’.

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/Halidol_Nap October 25, 2017
You can’t spell subtext without buttsex.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/When-is-Seth August 15, 2018
You can鈥檛 spell subtext without buttsex

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/dragonluvr00 February 12, 2019
You can’t spell subtext without butt sex.
For those who didn’t get it… It’s an anagram…

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/BubblesIT May 18, 2020
You can鈥檛 spell subtext without buttsex

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