Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Word: mien (mēn)
- Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind: "He was a Vietnam veteran with a haunted mien" (James Traub).
- An appearance or aspect.
Seems that ‘mien and manner’ is rather redundant. In looking for current usage of the two words together, I could only find them combined with ‘or’, mien or manner.
The origin of the word is interesting. I thought it might be German but the dictionaries say that it is the shortening of demean (to conduct or behave (oneself) ie. demeanor) but altered by association with the French mine (look, air).