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According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary the verb, glass, means to encase in glass. Recently, it has also come to mean being attacked or assaulted by a glass vessel/container as in this example:

Another glassing incident... A young woman faces assault charges after allegedly glassing a man in a Brisbane bar early today.

Similar incidents have been reported with a coffee cup, as in this example:

bizarre coffee cup attack between two elderly men over a woman. ...It is understood the younger man was hit over the head with a coffee cup in a popular town centre pub and was also scalded by a hot drink on Saturday morning.

Would this still be considered a glassing incident, or would it be considered (and I am not trying to be funny here) a mugging or mugging incident?

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Wikipedia has an article on glassing. It says that in the UK there is on average one glassing every couple hours. –  Daniel Oct 6 '11 at 1:34
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This meaning of glass is not that recent. According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

trans. slang (orig. and chiefly Brit.). To strike (a person) with a (broken) glass or bottle, esp. in the face.

It was first noted in the 1930s. However, it is a transferred sense of the word--it is likely that the meaning is creating a use like "stoning" out of "glass". Therefore, it is possible that "mugging" could gain a similar transferred sense.

However, mug already has a fairly accepted usage as a verb where glass as a verb does not (at least, not in current usage). Thus, I think it is less likely for mugging to gain the same form of transferred meaning.

I don't think glassing would apply to the coined mugging, as it seems to refer more to a broken bottle. A term you might use in this situation would be that one was "stabbed with a makeshift weapon". This is clunky, but then one could describe exactly what common item was turned into a weapon.

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There's one part of the question you don't fully address: if mugging is not synonymous with glassing, what should the OP use to describe glassing incidents that don't involve a glass, like the one with the coffee mug? (Are they still glassing incidents?) –  aedia λ Oct 6 '11 at 3:01
    
@aediaλ Thanks! I've updated. –  simchona Oct 6 '11 at 3:21
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Glassing, as in stabbing someone with a broken bottle/glass, was given its own word because of how common it was. Doing the same with a mug is hardly commonplace. As such, I'd recommend the more generic shanking which refers to the act of stabbing someone with a homemade or improvised weapon (as is commonplace in prison).

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That's a fair point regarding the word shanking, however, as I wouldn't expect to be penetrated by a coffee mug as I would a glass vessel/container, or a makeshift weapon for that matter, I was thinking along the lines of an act/offense that would cause blunt trauma. –  Bill Oct 6 '11 at 3:47
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