Posted by Henry on February 05, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Two Bits posted by Keith Pelton on February 04, 2004
: : : : Hearing this phrase often from my grandfather "Two Bits", I know it means .25 cents. What's a bit and if it's two of them, why .25 cents?
: : : It's an arbitrary small amount. Similarly, "I wouldn't give tuppence for it." (two pence)
: : See link below from a previous discussion we had here a while ago.
: Thanks!! This site is great and everyone is cool. Thanks again!
It's still a surprise that "two" and not "one" should be used to represent a very small quantity.
I wouldn't give two pins for it.
Two shakes of a lamb's tail.
I'll be back in two ticks.
I expect there are more.