4 Aug 2011

PENCE, PENNIES OR P's

Jenny Matlock
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The only language where the letter P is pronounced pee and is therefore the favorite letter of the kids because it stands for what we all know : an urgent call from nature !

In French, German and Italian the languages I know P is not Pee but Peh and Peh doesn't mean anything but the letter P and there I am again at the beginning.

It is also amusing to listen to listen to a German with a strong accent who says Shakespeare's famous phrase :" to pee or not to pee, that is the question" !



But p, pronounced in English is also money ! Since the decimalization of British currency and the introduction of the abbreviation p, as in 10p, 20p, etc., the abbreviation has tended to replace the pence in speech as in 1 p. During my researches for this "P" post, I also learned that a penny is a coin (pl. pennies) or a type of currency (pl. pence).

Today for one p you get nothing anymore. I had been told that to pee had once cost a p. That must have been a very long time ago, because now everywhere I stayed I had to pay 30 p which was a minimum. The "I have to go" fees in certain places could even raise up to 50 p's ! And for this price I didn't even meet a kind Madame Pipi (pronounced Peepee) who sits in a corner with a saucer on a little table, knits or reads and chats with the customers in need. Nowadays you have to go through impersonal barriers put your 30 or 50 p's in a slot and if you are lucky you go through without getting stuck.

This evening I leave the country with the p's, pence and pennies and return to my Euro cents, which means that I take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, where Mr. G. will pick me up !

14 comments:

Mar said...

Travel safely!! your post made me laugh and reminded me of an e-mail I got. New wine for those that wake frequently at night, forget Pinot Grigio, the new one is being marketed as: Pinot More !

diane b said...

I wonder why the Brits still have pees when they are not worth anything any more. A funny post. I was pleased to note that we never had to pay to pee in USA. You can pee free.

Pamela said...

pay to pee?

Strange said...

*chuckles* I enjoyed this! Thanks for the morning giggle!

Sue said...

Fun post!

Can't imagine paying to pee, though.

;)

Gledwood said...

Hi Gattina

Long time no see sorry I've been a bit waylaid.

My Gran used to say "I'm off to spend a penny" meaning she was going to the toilet and it did indeed cost 1d (as it was) to use a loo in olden times.

I used to say "I'm off to spend a pound" meaning going for a dump but my gran thought that was too much info!

;-)

Gledwood said...

ps you still do have to pay to pee in London railway stations ~ about 25p

and Harrods' "luxury washrooms" cost £2 I do believe

storybeader said...

I was wondering if I was the only one that didn't realize you had to pay to p. Pretty coins! {:-Deb

Ames said...

Have a wonderful trip. Hope you don't have to Pee after paying many P's for the trip. ~Ames

LibrarySnake said...

Have a great trip!

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Jenny said...

Travel safe, sweet lady!

Loved your humorous link for the letter P.

It was just perfect.

A+

PS. You have to pay to pee in Mexico, too!

Teresa said...

Seriously? You have to pay to pee? I've never heard of such a thing.

Vicki aka Jake said...

Pay to P? Well, I never.....

So, what if you're broke?

Enjoy your trip and P safely:)

Mama, Hear Me Roar said...

Oh this reminds me so much of the time I was a law student in Leicester. Such fun - I didn't even mind having to pay to pee!

Now, I hardly ever meet Madame Pipi. We sometimes have to pay to use toilets in Malaysia, but thankfully those places are few and far between!