Cup, from Latin cuppa, is a term with various uses and meanings according to the context. It may be a stemmed glass used to drink various liquids. For example: “When we got married, my aunt gave us a beautiful set of crystal glasses”, “Last night a glass fell and broke”, “I’m going to ask the waiter to change my glass since it is dirty”.
It is known as a cup, on the other hand, when liquid that fits in a glass of this type: “The menu includes a glass of wine per person”, “I’m not drunk, I only had two drinks”, “The man came to his home for drinks and began to yell at his family”.
Starting from that meaning, a widely used expression has also emerged within the colloquial sphere. It is about “going for drinks”, which is used to refer to a person or a group of them going out together and going to various places to share a chat or dance while having a few drinks. That is, while ingesting cocktails or any other type of mixed drink.
The cup, in another sense, is the hollow part of a hat (where the head enters) and the hollow parts of bras worn by women: “That hat is very nice, but its crown is very large”, “I need a top for my son, with a small glass to make him comfortable”, “Some women wear bras with reinforced cups”.
Also, within the female sphere, it should be noted that there is what is known by the name of menstrual cup. It is a cup-shaped device that is inserted into a woman’s vagina during her menstruation with the clear objective of depositing the flow in it. Among its advantages it has an economical price since it can be used for ten years, that it is comfortable and that it is easy to acquire.
In this case, we would also have to highlight the existence of what is known as a top hat, which is identified because it has a high crown and because its brim is narrow. It is usually black in color and lined with black silk.
There is also a movie entitled “Top Hat”. In 1935 this film was released, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring the legendary Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We can say that it is a musical comedy that tells the story of an American dancer who travels to London and falls in love with the beauty of a young woman whom he tries to impress with his art.
Cups are one of the sticks of the spanish deck. His cards, of course, are represented by drawings of cups: “This deck is incomplete: cards of spades and cups are missing”, “You should never try to win a trick hand with a five of cups.”.
The top of a tree, with its branches and leaves, is also called a cup: “The top of that tree does not let me see the sea from the balcony”, “Several birds have made their nests in the glass of that lemon tree”, “As we flew over the forest, we only saw the treetops”.
A drink, finally, can be a sports competition that delivers a trophy that is known, precisely, as a cup: “The Copa del Rey will start in two weeks”, “My goal is to dedicate myself to the World Cup”.