Customised in one way or another, or stock-standard, mugs come in a host of materials, shapes, sizes, designs and colours. We refer to drinking vessels that broadly resemble larger versions of cups, although it’s highly likely that this product was the forerunner of cups.
We’re by no means referring to the less than aesthetically pleasing mugshots of unsavoury characters upon arrest or as they appeared on old customised Western “Wanted – Dead or Alive” posters carried by bounty hunters in the once-untamed, lawless Old American West.
South African English is derived from the UK version of this universal language, with the addition of some now typical South Africanisms included for good measure, along with an odd (or frequent) sprinkling of American words, phrases and slang – “mug” being an unflattering American synonym for a face.
However, it’s back to the mugs from which we love to drink our favourite hot beverage – mostly coffee and increasingly, tea too. Undoubtedly, the use of fine bone china and porcelain teacups and saucers, specifically customised and made for tea drinking, will endure. Nevertheless, to a large extent, the once-humble mug has taken the place of cups and saucers in informal settings, possibly for practical reasons.
In all probability, these items evolved from earlier drinking vessels – drinking bowls, then more sophisticated goblets, custom-made to hold wine. Add a customised, handmade ear by which to hold a deep drinking bowl or goblet more comfortably, without spilling the contents or burning the fingers, and voila! – you have a mug, an ideal vessel for hot beverages, with larger versions for soups and beer.
One vs. the Other
- Cups stand on saucers, probably to avoid drips and spills on the drinker’s clothing, as well as leaving permanent stains and heat marks on wood surfaces.
- Top-quality teacups are thin, fragile and easily chipped or broken. Mugs, on the other hand, are more robust and may be able to withstand the odd accidental bump, without incurring damage.
- The content of a teacup is less than that of a mug, which typically contains a larger volume of liquid.
- Even without the use of a teapot in which to brew tea and a tea cosy to keep the beverage hot while it brews, a cuppa is likely to get cold before a larger vessel would.
- Mugs are more practical, and it’s easier to carry two pieces safely from one place to the next without using a tray.
- Which busy person wants to wash more dishes than is absolutely necessary, as would be the case when using two pieces – cups and saucers?
- Mugs are perfect vessels to customise and personalise because of their shape and size. They make for great, affordable and highly appreciated gifts, especially those obtained from Labels4Schools, our company, which specialises in the provision of customised labels of numerous types and styles
Personalised Tea and Coffee Breaks
We offer a comprehensive range of durable, white porcelain 300 ml mugs. They are personalised on the one side with a variety of sayings and messages for moms, dads, teachers and kids in mind. Currently, we also have ten generic options on offer. Our personalised options are numerous; you select the design that best suits you, your sentiments, the occasion and the recipient.
Two lines of your custom text that will be printed on the other side, whilst an optional third line may be accommodated. We expertly print your own customised message on this formerly blank side in high-quality, full-colour ink, ensuring that the product and your customised message are dishwasher-safe and indelible, cycle after cycle, and wash after wash.
During a tea or coffee break, there’s simply nothing better than enjoying one’s favourite cuppa from a customised mug that’s been specially designed just for you. It’s a truly special feeling to be reminded time and again how valued you are by someone who recognises the special role you fulfil in their lives.