[Ads-l] to mean-mug

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sat Feb 13 11:13:23 EST 2021


Matt Kohl's _Right Rhymes_, a citation-based dictionary of hip-hop, has examples from 1993 and 1994:

https://www.therightrhymes.com/mean-mug/

Jesse Sheidlower

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:45:49AM -0500, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> "Mean-mug" is brand-new to me.
> 
> Urban Dictionary has cites, incl. hiphop lyrics, from 2010. I doubt it's
> much older.
> 
> Everybody knows about "mugging for the camera."
> 
> JL
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:24 AM Stanton McCandlish <smccandlish at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > I only first encountered this last year, though I wonder if goes back a
> > long way, since "mug" for 'face' is very old-school, and mostly only seems
> > to survive otherwise in the phrase "mug shot".
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 8:45 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Quora.com:
> > >
> > > "So you know, all the Wehrmacht would have to do is roll up and mean mug
> > > the commies, and the entire USSR would fall apart."
> > >
> > > Wiktionary: "(African-American Vernacular, transitive) To shoot a dirty
> > > look at someone; to express hostility or menace towards someone through a
> > > dirty look."
> > >
> > > JL
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