“To Coin a Phrase”: Money in Everyday Expressions

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Kenneth Bressett (Coin Update News)


Money terms are used in everyday expressions with little thought about their origin. “Filthy lucre,” “put in your two cents,” “pin money,” “a sawbuck,” “passing the buck”—all are common phrases related to money. Collectors like to reflect on what they mean and how they entered the English language. Some are obscure, some are self-evident, others have interesting backgrounds. One that is frequently overlooked is the derivation of the word gazette, often used as the name of a newspaper.

Few people know that today’s gazette comes from a Venetian coin of the 17th century. The coin was a 2-soldi copper piece that… Full article at the source>

Source: (Coin Update News)

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