A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 06, 2017
“If tea leaves, does coffee have grounds for divorce?”

A joke has tea and coffee married:

“If the tea leaves, does it give the coffee grounds for divorce?”

The tea and coffee puns were cited in several newspapers in 1911.


26 May 1911, New Castle (PA) Herald, “Not Nutty Stuff, Oh No,” pg. 2, col. 3:
If the tea leaves, does it give the coffee grounds for divorce? (Quick, Homer, he’s out of Polk.)

Chronicling America
15 July 1911, Tacoma (WA) Times, pg. 1, col. 2:
If the tea leaves would it give the coffee grounds for divorce?
-- Clarence Lacey

Chronicling America
16 September 1911, Mohave County Miner (Kingman, AZ), pg. 2, col. 4 ad:
If the
TEA LEAVES
will it give the
COFFEE GROUNDS
For Divorce?
(Hill Bros. Coffee.—ed.)

5 December 1918, Riverside (CA) Enterprise, pg. 4, col. 3:
When the tea leaves, has the coffee grounds for divorce?

Twitter
Rachel Belman‏
@rachelbelman
“If tea leaves, does coffee have grounds for divorce?” -Grandpa
2:19 PM - 25 Jul 2014

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Ashley‏
@ashleyeline
If the tea leaves, will it give the coffee grounds for divorce?
6:42 AM - 2 May 2017

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Living Sarcasm‏
@SarcasmLiving
The tea and coffee are married, but the tea leaves.
Does that give the coffee grounds for divorce?
4:54 AM - 6 May 2017

Reddit—Jokes
The tea and coffee are married, but the tea leaves.
submitted May 6, 2017 by Candy_Box_Blues
Does that give the coffee grounds for divorce?

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Osama Syal‏
@OsamaSyal
The tea and coffee are married, but the tea leaves. Does that give the coffee grounds for divorce?
4:04 PM - 6 May 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, May 06, 2017 • Permalink