(Closed) Is the phrase "pick-me-up" appropriate?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
3763 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve never used the phrase pick me up in regards to alcohol nor have I heard it used in that context. I’m a teacher, and I think it’s cute. If they’re uncomfortable with it they could always just use it at home or in the car. 

Post # 3
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I think if the Starbucks logo is on the cup, they will just assume it is coffee.

Post # 4
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have never heard of that in my life. Alcohol is a depressant so it wouldn’t even make sense. You’re definitely in the clear!

Post # 6
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

naturalflight:  I mean, a teacher would have to be pretty dumb and / or brazen to have a cup with booze in it at school , so hopefully most parents would assume it was just coffee!!!! lol. I didn’t even consider alcohol until you mentioned it! ha ha!

Post # 7
523 posts
Busy bee

I don’t see an issue with that at all – cute gift idea!

ps – While not needed, I think it’s a lovely sentiment to give a small token as thanks for the shower !

Post # 8
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

naturalflight:  I’ve never heard that phrase referring to alcohol.

Post # 9
6772 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Heck, I’d be surprised if a parent even noticed your mug, much less thought it meant you had liquor in it.  Everyone knows pick me up us more of a caffeine and hugs type of term anyway, so no worries!

Quick question: will your girls mind having their names on their mugs?  I wouldn’t care for it, personally, though the cup itself would be fine.

Post # 10
1011 posts
Bumble bee

naturalflight:  I totally understand where you’re coming from! The things students/parents come up with to complain about are insane. Something that to anyone else would seem simple and an absolute nothing to one person, someone out there would find that as a reason to complain, just because they could. I substitute teach, so the things I’ve seen are crazy. Let’s see… we had a sub take a students phone because, per classroom/teacher policy, “no phones, confiscate any you see”. Well, student went all boo hoo my life is horrible, accused said teacher of stealing their phone, and low and behold, they were removed from that school because of “improper use of student personal property”. Another was accused of leaving fingernail marks on a students arm after moving them, until other students came forward and said they watched the student make the marks on themself in the bathroom, (that was a full time teacher, not a sub), one teacher had something on HER desk that either was a bible verse, or something religious related (never mentioned to students, never talked about, or anything) but a student who was an atheist mentioned it to Mom, who complained the teacher was pushing religion on her child. 

So I totally understand thinking and overthinking things for the classroom. 

Post # 12
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’d never heard of that referring to alcohol, but I wouldn’t want a student, colleague, parent to misinterpret the wording either! You never know! I’d probably just put your name on it without any additional descriptor of your beverage. 

Post # 13
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

naturalflight:  Nah, I’ve never heard alcohol referred to that way, so I think it’s the perfect decoy for sneaking a midday vodka into your routine…


Post # 14
2506 posts
Sugar bee

i would never think booze. i was think coffee, as an upper, and something that tends to make a lot of people happier as a result. plus, with the starbucks logo, i think it cements it.

Post # 15
1580 posts
Bumble bee

i work in the schools, as a therapist, and honestly I wouldn’t be comfortable having a mug with “pick me up.”  I do think of alcohol.  I asked my husband and he said, “A drug?”  I’m pretty conservative though, when it comes to what I bring into the school, I stay out of the grey area!

Even if your teacher friends decide it’s not right for them to bring into the classroom, I’m sure they’d love it for home 🙂 


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