Coining new names for pounds and pennies
SIR – Veronica Bliss (Letters, September 24) remembers the names we had for our old coins, such as tanner and bob.
She suggests names for our present ones, but I have my own ideas. I find it annoying that a penny is now referred to as a pea – and tuppence seems to have disappeared, becoming two pea.
Why not call a pound, containing 100 peas, a pod? Mervyn Vallance
SIR – Your correspondent asks for names for the new polymer notes.
I overheard a man in a local pub recently telling his friend that he had a Winston to give him, as he handed over one of the £5 notes featuring Churchill.
We also have the Cockney rhyming slang of cockle for a £10 note, which can still be heard among the right company. This is a corruption or abbreviation of cockerel (cockerel and hen rhyming with 10). Charles Clark