Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A - Z Challenge: C

C is for Cup. 


This is a cup. 


This is not a cup...it is a mug.  But how do you tell the difference?  Back to the top photo.  Notice that there's a saucer that goes with this kind of cup.  Is that what makes it not a mug?  It has a cow on it so it can stay for C-day. 



If you were "in your cups" this is the kind of cup we might be talking about.  But is it a cup?  Apparently not...it has neither a saucer nor a handle.  But it does have a leg.  Now that's handy because too many of these and you'd be 'legless', for sure. 


These are cups, too.  But they don't have saucers and they have funny-looking handles.  Why are they cups and not mugs?  Oh, yeah.  These are one-cup measures.  If you compare what each holds - as I have - you will find that they are not the same.  Which one is accurate?  I have no idea.  I usually figure the glass one is right because it has more lines.  Now is that a scientific conclusion?  Probably not.  In fact there is about a tablespoon  of difference when I fill them up.  Don't  get me started on tablespoons.

Oh, my... I think I need a cuppa.

18 comments:

Rudee said...

I lost most of my beautiful teacups this month, but I've saved the bigger pieces for my mosaic.

I love your cow mug!

Kelly said...

That's hilarious... and strangly educational. Love the a-z challenge. You get to learn so many new things :)

Pam Harris said...

This post made me smile. :)

nutschell said...

haha. I've always been curious about the difference between cups and mugs myself. I think cups are more curve and mugs have straight sides.
Great A-Z post!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

EmptyNester said...

Now you've got me wanting to go in there and get out all my cups and do some measuring. Shame on you. LOL Enjoyed your clever sense of humor on this one!

Ginny said...

I love that pretty light teal colored measuring cup!!! That does get me to thinking, what makes the difference between a cup and a mug? It must be more than a saucer, maybe the shape?

DL Hammons said...

I used to play baseball...and you know what kind of cup that involves! :)

DL Hammons @ Cruising Altitude 2.0
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Mimi said...

Stephanie, you have me in stitches here! Between the legless from too much drink to the measuring cups, I'm all over the place!
I have cups in that same Royal Albert Old Country Roses pattern! It travels well!
I think the difference between cup and mug is the mug is taller, and less curvy, so more male then!!

Jackie said...

Beautiful teacup!

Kim said...

Too funny. I have the same theory with measuring cups. If it doesn't have lines I don't trust it. :)

Angie said...

Great post, Stephanie!!

Inger said...

How funny, I had plenty of cups on my blog today too and I never thought about what makes a cup a cup and not a mug. Now I know. Thanks for following me -- I am following your blog now.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I like the cow cup/mug the best. It's cute and I think it would hold more coffee.

Patricia Stoltey

Rayna Iyer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. How I would love to have my chai in your cow mug.
Basil in tea is an acquired taste- I haven't acquired it yet- but it has tonnes of medicinal and cleansing properties, and is particularly good when you are feeling nauseous.

Rob-bear said...

We have a cup very much like the rose one at the top.

As far as a cup is a cup, and stuff like that, does it matter? Can you drink out of it?

Susan Kane said...

Great photos of simple lovely cups!

Lily Tequila said...

I use the phrase 'in my cups' usually on a Friday night! Love having a pretty thing to drink from, whatever it's called :-)

Joanna said...

Just catching up--to find that you posted on the same topic as I did two days in a row. How's that for synchronicity?

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