Richard Armitage mugs, mug, mugging

Mug: A drinking vessel or pitcher with a handle on the side. This usage dates from the 1560s, from Scandinavian or Low German terms for the same thing. Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks 8.6.

mug: a person’s face. The relationship is uncertain (mugs with grotesque faces on them?). In use after 1708. Richard Armitage doing ADR for Hannibal in 2015.

mugging: overacting. In use since 1855; theater slang. Richard Armitage as Tom Steele in Doctors, 2001. Source of this photo was originally RichardArmitageOnline.

mug: a foolish or silly person person. Usage dates to 1850s. Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy and Dawn French as Geraldine Granger in Vicar of Dibley (2006).

mug: someone who is easily deceived; a sucker. Usage dates to 1850s; thieves’ slang. Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy in Vicar of Dibley, (2006).

mugging: attacking someone with intent to rob; in the U.S., armed street robbery. In usage since 1864, from an earlier, now extinct usage, “to strike in the face.” Richard Armitage in Robin Hood 2.6.

mug shot: a picture of someone’s face for identification purposes, especially in criminal records. Usage after 1887. Also “mug book,” a collection of photos of criminals. Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks 7.7.

mugging, especially “mugging for the camera”: to make exaggerated faces, to “pull faces.” In use after 1937, probably derived from theatrical slang. Richard Armitage and Fraser Kelly on the set of Urban and the Shed Crew.

mug for, mug up: study intensively, cram material for an examination. Recent usage, apparently. Richard Armitage as John Porter and Shelley Conn as Danni Prendiville in Strike Back 1.5.

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~ by Servetus on March 25, 2017.

21 Responses to “Richard Armitage mugs, mug, mugging”

  1. Super! Ich mag das 😁


  2. A good collection! I hadn’t heard the final one.


  3. Die Lehrerin in dir lebt sich voll aus. 😉
    Herzlichen Dank. Ich erweitere meinen Wortschatz auf angenehmste Weise, denn deine Bildauswahl ist unübertroffen.


  4. Three letters with so many meanings!


  5. Excellent!


  6. I’ve never heard of a few of those. Thanks for the lesson!! So much better with the photos to illustrate!


    • I think the main one I don’t use myself is “mugging” for “cramming for a text.” I feel like that is British.


  7. Brilliant. I learnt a few new meanings of the word. This series is becoming a veritable dictionary at this point…


  8. Wonderful collection of mug stuff, in all their forms. I think you could assemble an Armitage illustrated dictionary at this point. It would beat the hell out of Webster’s.


  9. Best Mug terms and shots I have seen in a long time 🙂


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