Coffee or Tea? Not the Drink; the Container!
I've seen several articles recently asking what one's preferred beverage is--coffee or tea--but this is not one of those articles. I am more concerned with the handheld means by which one conveys the beverage to one's lips.
I was drinking hot tea this morning out of my large mug, which I like because I can generally get two servings of tea out of one tea bag, and this way, I can have them both in one mug. I started thinking about how I drink tea out of a mug, but apparently there is no such thing as a “tea mug”. Right? You hear teacup and coffee cup (not sure why one is one word and the other is two words), and coffee mug, but never tea mug. Even though I never drink coffee, I would most likely still describe the receptacles in my kitchen cabinet from which I drink my tea as “coffee mugs”, amusingly enough. (My husband, who does drink coffee, usually has his in a thermal carafe. He uses the coffee mugs for milk.)
And yet, no one ever says, “Let’s get a mug of coffee,” even if they are indeed drinking said coffee out of mugs. Nope, it’s always “Can I get a cup of coffee?” or maybe just, “Wanna get coffee?” Mugs seem to be more about the physical object than about the concept of a serving.
But what about hot chocolate, or cocoa? You DO drink a “mug of cocoa”. Maybe that’s because “A cup of cocoa” sounds too much like an ingredient in a recipe for brownies!
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