Mug or cup?

October 31st, 2007 by dino

I was having a discussion today with someone who collects mugs decorated with pictures of animals. I noticed one item in their collection had a teapot attachment that sits on the top of the mug. The mug itself was quite small in height and fairly wide. This made me consider what it takes to be a mug, and when a mug becomes just a cup. 1

I did a little research on the web and didn’t come up with anything. So here is my attempt: A mug must have a rim diameter greater than its height. This means the fancy teapot mug mentioned above is not really a mug (although the collector said my definition was full of shit). I might put it on wikipedia to make it a fact.

1. Yes, just a cup. According to the dictionary closest to hand, every mug is a cup, which means that there are more cups than mugs, which means that mugs are awesome and cups suck.

One Response to “Mug or cup?”

  1. barbie-dull Says:

    “make it a fact” :))

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