Thursday, December 10, 2015

Word of the day: muggins

The word of the day is muggins:

  1. a convention in the card game of cribbage in which a player scores points overlooked by an opponent.
  2. a game of dominoes, in which any player who can make the sum of two ends of the line equal five or a multiple of five adds the number so made to his or her score.
  3. British Slang. a fool.
"fool, simpleton," 1855, apparently from the surname, perhaps influenced by slang mug "dupe, fool" (see mug (n.2)).


"Her? No, snug as a bug in Sheffield, thanks very much. It’s muggins here that has to go to fucking Lanzarote."

 - Martin Amis, "Oktober", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (

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