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History of the Word “Mug”

We’ve all seen “mug” shots, hopefully not one of yourself 😀 . But why do we use the word “mug” to mean our face? In the eighteenth  century in England people used a small jug for drinking called a “mug.” These “mugs” were commonly made to represent a human face. Thus this is why today and most likely forever, we still use the word “mug” to mean a face.

 

Oh gosh, what did I get myself into now?

Oh gosh, what did I get myself into now?

 

Origin of words always amuses me, and this one sure did.

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2 Comments to “History of the Word “Mug””

  1. At least she is wearing a fetching hat.

    I just found your website, added it to my bookmarks! It’s so fascinating!

  2. @Abby Thank you!

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