Coin­ing new names for pounds and pen­nies

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

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

Mal­don, Es­sex

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

Chisle­hurst, Kent

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