flips & gasmeters
SBoatti at TVRATINGS.COM
Fri Mar 9 17:56:26 UTC 2001
"Cent" derives from Latin "centum", = 100. Many other currencies use
cognates of cent for 1/100th of the main currency. French = centime. Italian
= centesimo., etc.
From: Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM [mailto:Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM]
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2001 12:38 PM
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Subject: Re: flips & gasmeters
"James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> writes:
Another piece of monetary/linguistic trivia:
The US penny reads "ONE CENT"
The US nickel reads "FIVE CENTS"
The US quarter reads "QUARTER DOLLAR"
What denomination is specified on the US dime? "ONE DIME"
I recall reading (but I don't recall where) that Thomas Jefferson proposed
the word "dime", which AmHerDict 3/edn says is Middle English from Old
French "disme" '1/10'. And, well, where did "cent" come from as a name for
1/100 of (Your Currency's Name Here)?
Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
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