Anna Clare McDuff
amcduff at math.sunysb.edu
Wed May 14 17:27:15 EDT 2003
On Wed, 14 May 2003, Anna Clare McDuff wrote:
> > Anna
> > > It has several meanings, but I think the one your Mum was using
> > > was the slang term "A fool, a simpleton, a 'juggins'. To talk muggins, to
> > > say silly foolish things."
> > I think both 'muggins' and 'mug' suggest something a little more precise
> > than 'fool' or 'simpleton' - namely someone who is easily taken advantage of
> > by others. That's how I've always understood it, and it seems to fit in with
> > Ven's mother's usage too.
> Yes, I agree with you, it's how I've always heard the word used
> too, but as you can see above, the OED, *does* give 'juggins' as a meaning
> for muggins.
I should probably add to this that the other two of the three
meanings of Muggins given by the OED (the ones I don't think Ven's mother
was using) are a 19th century children's cardgame that sounds rather like
snap & a game of dominos in which the players count by fives or
multiples of five!
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