A MASCOT is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck , or
anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such
as a school , professional sports team , society , military unit , or
brand name . Mascots are also used as fictional, representative
spokespeople for consumer products, such as the rabbit used in
advertising and marketing for the
In the world of sports, mascots are also used for merchandising. Team
mascots are often confused with team nicknames . While the two can be
interchangeable, they are not always the same. For example, the
athletic teams of the
University of Alabama are nicknamed the Crimson
Tide , while their mascot is an elephant named Big Al .
Costumed mascots are commonplace, and are regularly used as goodwill ambassadors in the community for their team, company , or organization such as the U.S. Forest Service's Smokey Bear .
* 1 History
* 2 Etymology
* 3 Choices and identities
* 4 Sports mascots
* 5 Corporate mascots
It was originally sporting organisations that first thought of using animals as a form of mascot to bring entertainment and excitement for their spectators. Before mascots were fictional icons or people in suits, animals were mostly used in order to bring a somewhat different feel to the game and to strike fear upon the rivalry teams.
As the new era was changing and time went on, mascots evolved from predatory animals, to two-dimensional fantasy mascots, to finally what we know today, three-dimensional mascots. The event that prompted these changes was the invention of the Muppets in the late 1960s. The puppets offered something different to what everyone was used to. It allowed people to not only have visual enjoyment but also interact physically with the mascots.
Marketers quickly realized the great potential in three-dimensional mascots and took on board the Muppet-like idea. This change encouraged other companies to start creating their own mascots, resulting in mascots being a necessity amongst not only the sporting industry but for other organisations
The word 'mascot' originates from the French term 'mascotte' which means lucky charm . This was used to describe anything that brought luck to a household. The word was first recorded in 1867 and popularised by a French composer Edmond Audran who wrote the opera La mascotte , performed in December 1880. The word entered the English language in 1881. However, before this, the terms were familiar to the people of France as a slang word used by gamblers. The term is a derivative of the word 'masco' meaning sorceress or witch. Before the 19th century, the word 'mascot' was associated with inanimate objects that would be commonly seen such as a lock of hair or a figurehead on a sailing ship. But from then on until the present day, the term was then seen to be associated with good luck animals, objects etc.
CHOICES AND IDENTITIES
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Often the choice of mascot reflects a desired quality; a common example of this is the "fighting spirit," in which a competitive nature is personified by warriors or predatory animals.
Mascots may also symbolize a local or regional trait, such as the
Some sports teams have "unofficial" mascots: individual supporters or fans that have become identified with the team. The New York Yankees have such an individual in fan Freddy Sez . Former Toronto Blue Jays mascot BJ Birdie was a costumed character created by a Blue Jays fan, ultimately hired by the team to perform at their home games. USC Trojans mascot is Tommy Trojan who rides on his horse (and the official mascot of the school) Traveler.
Thunder II , live animal mascot for the Denver Broncos . See also: Lists of sports mascots: Australian sports , Brazilian football , MLB , NBA , NFL , NHL , Olympics and Paralympics , U.S. colleges (post-secondary) See also: Native American mascot controversy , List of sports team names and mascots derived from indigenous peoples See also: Religious symbolism in U.S. sports team names and mascots
Many sports teams in the
In the United Kingdom some teams have young fans become "mascots". These representatives sometimes have medical issues, and the appearance is a wish grant, the winner of a contest, or under other circumstances. Unlike the anonymous performers of costumed characters, however, their actions can be associated with the club later on. Mascots also include older people such as Mr England , who are invited by national sports associations to be mascots for the representative teams.
Mascots or advertising characters are very common in the corporate
world. Recognizable mascots include
Chester Cheetah , Keebler Elf, the
Fruit of the Loom Guys, Pizza Pizza Guy for Little Caesars, Rocky the
Most American schools have a mascot. High schools, colleges, and even
middle and elementary schools typically have mascots. Most of them
have their mascot created as a costume, and use this costume at sports
or social events. Examples of
INTERNATIONAL MASCOTS - OLYMPICS AND WORLD EXPOSITIONS
The mascots that are used for the Summer and Winter Olympic games are fictional characters, typically a human figure or an animal native to the country to which is holding that year's Olympic Games. The mascots are used to entice an audience and bring joy and excitement to the Olympics festivities.
Sam and Seymore D. Fair from 1984 are examples of some of the first mascots used in the Summer Olympic Games and the Louisiana World Exposition , respectively. Dating from 1968, the city which holds the Olympic games every two years has the job of designing a mascot that corresponds with the culture of the country and is an icon symbol to that of the nations values. Recent Winter/Summer Olympic games mascots include Miga, Quatchi, Mukmuk (Vancouver, 2010 ), Wenlock and Mandeville (London, 2012 ), Bely Mishka, Snow Leopard, Zaika (Sochi, 2014 ) and Vinicius and Tom (Rio, 2016 ) have all gone on to become iconic symbols in their respective countries.
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Mascots are also popular in military units. For example, the United
States Marine Corps uses the
The goat in the