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Old 19th July 2018, 03:34 AM   #434452  /  #376
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The word dime (coin worth one tenth of a US dollar, a 10 cent coin) comes from the old French disme (a tenth part), from the Latin decima [tenth (part)], from decem (ten), from the Greek deca (ten).
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But this still doesn't answer my question about dimebags in the UK/Aus because dimebag refers to a 10 dollar bag
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Old 19th July 2018, 03:34 AM   #434453  /  #377
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I guess maybe ten-sack which is another less common term
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:02 AM   #434460  /  #378
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In Australia a twenty-cent piece is still occasionally known as two-bob. Less often, a ten-cent piece is called a bob. Both are a throwback to pre-decimal currency when a shilling was a bob and two shillings, officially a florin, was also two-bob. Decimal currency came in in 1966 and there were two dollars to the pound, which is twenty shillings. So a shilling became ten cents or a bob, and twenty cents became a two-bob bit. This post will be invoiced by the word.

ETA these words are becoming less well-known because a) no one uses cash anymore, and b) even if they did, you can't buy anything with twenty cents, let alone ten. Hence pocketfuls of cash are known by the generic descriptor of "shrapnel".

ETA2 ten-cent, twenty-cent and two-bob count as two words each.

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Old 19th July 2018, 05:23 AM   #434461  /  #379
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:34 AM   #434462  /  #380
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So since this is the biological sciences thread, which now doubles as the MindRomp numismatics thread, I should add that we did away with our one- and two-cent coins thirty-odd years ago, and also replaced our $1 & $2 notes with coins
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:40 AM   #434463  /  #381
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The biological aspect is that all of our coins feature Australian animals, except the $2 which features a tribal Aboriginal man. The animals are / were the feathertail glider (1c), frill-necked lizard (2c), echidna (5c), lyrebird (10c), platypus (20c), Australian coat of arms, including kangaroo and emu (50c), and kangaroos on the one-dollar coin.
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:55 AM   #434465  /  #382
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And at risk of turning this into the opening credits of Monty Python's Holy Grail, I should also add that pre-decimal currency, there were twelve pennies to the shilling, or 24 halfpennies, or 48 farthings, or 6 tuppences.
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:56 AM   #434466  /  #383
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And at risk of turning this into the opening credits of Monty Python's Holy Grail, I should also add that pre-decimal currency, there were twelve pennies to the shilling, or 24 halfpennies, or 48 farthings, or 6 tuppences.

This is because Brits had six fingers.
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Old 19th July 2018, 05:59 AM   #434467  /  #384
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The chance to regain that lost digit is just one of the reasons to vote for Brexit
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Old 19th July 2018, 08:29 AM   #434473  /  #385
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Nitpick: It's not really a nickname if it has the word printed right on it.
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Old 19th July 2018, 08:36 AM   #434474  /  #386
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In my defense, I forgot BroD was Canadian. So he's technically correct that dime is a nickname likely a borroword from their USAin neighbors.

I just assume everyone online is USAin unless they go out of their way to identify as otherwise. And yeah even in this weird group of over-explainers I forget.
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Old 19th July 2018, 01:42 PM   #434476  /  #387
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Old 19th July 2018, 02:19 PM   #434478  /  #388
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Old 20th July 2018, 02:12 PM   #434588  /  #389
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Behold Akainacephalus johnsoni, a new species and genus of ankylosaurid dinosaur. Its considered the most complete Late Cretaceous ankylosaur ever found in Utahor in the entire southwestern United States for that matter. Unlike other North American ankylosaurs that lived around the same time, this particular dinosaur featured spikes and cones on its head and snout, hence its name, which translates to thorny head. The latter half of its name, johnsoni, honors Randy Johnson, a museum volunteer who helped to prepare its skull. The details of this remarkable new creature were published today in the science journal PeerJ.
https://gizmodo.com/look-at-this-inc...n-u-1827720161
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Old 20th July 2018, 04:00 PM   #434592  /  #390
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why did you illustrate your 76 year old biology with an ankylosaur
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Old 20th July 2018, 04:30 PM   #434596  /  #391
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Old 20th July 2018, 05:19 PM   #434597  /  #392
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what I want to know is whether this critter will appear on a coin.
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Old 20th July 2018, 05:40 PM   #434600  /  #393
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It's not in Canada, so probably not. Pretty sure the USA is proud of having the most boring looking money on the planet. Nothing like the glory that is the myriad coloured/glowing/ illustrated backsides of the Canadian quarter.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 AM   #434633  /  #394
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Canadia has butt money?
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 AM   #434636  /  #397
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It's not in Canada, so probably not. Pretty sure the USA is proud of having the most boring looking money on the planet. Nothing like the glory that is the myriad coloured/glowing/ illustrated backsides of the Canadian quarter.
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