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Re: Tuppence worth

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 25, 2009 at 13:07

In Reply to: Tuppence worth posted by Mike Seabrook on June 25, 2009 at 11:14:

: 'Tuppence worth' - was this in respect of a writing by a Mr Twopenny on social life in Victorian Australia in the 1870s?

No. "Twopennyworth" has been used with the sense "a contribution of facts or opinion" since at least the 16th century. There was a song printed in 1690 called "Two-penny-worth of Wit for a Penny, Or, The Bad Husband Turn'd Thrifty". (VSD)