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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Faces Are Sometimes Called “Mugs”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Faces Are Sometimes Called “Mugs”

You know the drill: when you break the law, they haul you downtown & take a few pics of your face at the police station. We call those photos “mug shots”, since the word “mug” is slang for face. But, why are faces called “mugs”? Most details point to an 18th-century form of British drinking…Read More