On the train today, ‘Moops’ is everywhere. And not just today. And not just on this train. I’ve been seeing the ‘Moops’ signature engraved on any engravable surface since I started taking the train.
It has a very distinctive design. Always zig-zag-engraved; The top of the ‘M’ barely a curve; A mouth underneath the double o’s to form a smiley face on the same baseline; And the top part of the ‘S’ double as high as the bottom part.
And I’ve always wondered… what is ‘Moops’? or who is ‘Moops’? Is there a gang of ‘Moops’? And would one be called a ‘Moop’? If google cannot define ‘moops’, then ‘Moops’ does not exist. Or does it?
According to the Urban Dictionary, it has two possible definitions:
1) Misprinted word in Trivial Pursuit of Seinfeld episode which is actually Moors. George says to the bubble-boy “It’s not the Moors, it’s the Moops!“
2) Term used as slang in some parts of Great Britain. “Moops” or a “Moop” originated from a comical act in many northern industrial towns. Later used to express group of comical or crazy people in jest.
I don’t think train ‘Moops’ refers to any of this, other than perhaps the “crazy people” part.
Another Moops engraving
If you have any information about ‘Moops’, please zig-zag-engrave a comment below
Yet more Moops engravings