Seven and six

Posted by James Briggs on January 27, 2003

In Reply to: Seven and six posted by Don Clark on January 27, 2003

: In the movie "My Fair Lady", Eliza Dolittle is told that if she behaves she will recieve a gift of seven and six to start life. What does the phrase "Seven and six mean?

It's pre-decimal British currency, when £1 was divided into 20 shillings, each divided into 12 pence. Thus 'seven & six', also written 7/6d, is a sum of money, just over a third of £1.