Brit euphemism...

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTK.EDU
Tue Dec 7 12:25:44 UTC 1999

On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Bruce Dykes wrote:
>I heard one new to me from our London office:
>"He's gone to spend a penny."

It's not new, it's very old. Under the old currency, it took a large
copper penny to open the stall door. I have wondered since 1971 (when
decimal cxurrency completely replaced the old currency) if the phrase
would survive. I am delighed to see that it has.

(I have a number of large copper pennies on hand, if anyone needs one.)


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