English money -- 'splain to me please.

Old Aug 11th, 2008, 01:35 PM
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" Is "guineas" ever used these days ?"

Not usually, and even then in the singular before the word 'pig'.
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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With decimalization, to distinguish the new coinage the abbreviation was changed from "d" to "p", written 2p. People began to pronounce it "two pea", and now, sadly, "tuppence" has disappeared from usage.>>

oh no it hasn't - not in this household.

we also say "thrice" - which causes the odd raised eye-brow.

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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 09:48 PM
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Good for you, Ann!
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 10:08 PM
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"If "two pence" is tuppence, why isn't "new pence" nuppence?"

When decimal coins were introduced, a few years before the currency was fully decimalised, several people - including my then girlfriend - did call them "nuppence", as in "that's a ten nuppence piece".

One of those individual quirks - like Chunnel - that just never took off. The girlfriend did though - just about the moment she heard me turning up my lip at her silly nuppence idea.
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 11:59 PM
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"If "two pence" is tuppence, why isn't "new pence" nuppence?"

To my ears that would logically suggest someone is trying to say "no pence"; and if memory serves we were told (obviously a psychologist in British humour at work in the Decimalization Board) to say "one pee", "two pee", precisely to avoid having to say "new pence" or to keep referring back to old money.
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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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The girlfriend [took off] though - just about the moment she heard me turning up my lip at her silly nuppence idea.

I hope you find a companion who bows and scrapes at your every utterance, and holds your opinion above hers.

For myself, I prefer a life partner with whom I share a mutual respect for each others' ideas, even if we don't agree with the premise.

The ones before her who turned up their lip at me are still looking for companionship.
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