Penny

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Penny

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:29 pm

Hi everyone! I've just watched an American movie, A asked B "A penny for your thoughts?". Do you and people where you live still use this question to mean "What are you thinking of?"?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Post by BonnieL » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:58 pm

Yep. A penny for your thoughts, but when you offer an opinion it's worth two cents. :D
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Post by Stevenloan » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:51 pm

BonnieL : Thank you very much.
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Post by tony h » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:18 pm

Yes. And quite different from "spending a penny". I wonder what would be meant by: "spending a penny for/on your thoughts"? :lol:
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Re: Penny

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:19 pm

tony h: Thanks for your input.
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Post by Bobinwales » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:35 pm

BonnieL wrote:when you offer an opinion it's worth two cents.
We still pay a penny for thoughts, but when people of my generation offer an opinion it is giving "four pen'worth" (That translates as "four penny worth", or as much as you can buy for four pence). We no longer use the word when we are actually talking about money.
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Post by tony h » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:23 pm

Bobinwales wrote:We no longer use the word when we are actually talking about money.
... along with tuppence, thrupence, tanner and bob. I am sure it made life more interesting.
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Re: Penny

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:02 pm

Once upon a time I played in a band called Florin. It had two Bobs in it.
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