Wednesday, May 26, 2010


“A Penny for Your Thoughts?”

I’m wondering what fate the learned Senators up there on Parliament Hill, have in store for our Canadian Penny- the once cent piece.

That’s that little copper-coloured coin that holds such a diminutive place of honour with respect to the rest of our coins and paper bills. By the was our “paper” money is now made of cotton and soon will be made from plastic.

Of course we’re talking pennies here so back to the topic at hand. Flip the penny over and there’s our Canadian Maple Leaf emblazoned on its flip side. Who can resist picking up a shiny, new penny laying there in your hand amongst all your change?

The Canadian Senate is deciding if the penny should go the way of the dial telephone. In fact you may already know the decision they made before you read this blog.

If the penny goes, what will we do? We may have to continue to honour its existence. Too much terminology depends on our little penny.
For example, take the dial phone I mentioned above. We still use the term “dial” when referring to making a telephone call. Maybe we’ll still posthumously honour the penny’s memory.

Here are a few phases that come to mind, proving that the “penny” was and is a part of the history of our great country.

For just a few pennies a day
A penny for your thoughts?
Penny Loafers
Pound poor and penny-wise
It costs just pennies a day
Penny pinche
Penny Lane
Pennies from Heaven
The Penny-Wise Shop.
Then there’s-
Penny Stocks
A Penny Cartoon
Penny Sale
Got a penny, Give a penny
Penny Jar
Penny-Ante Poker
A penny saved is a penny earned
Penny candy
that’ll cost a pretty penny
I’ll cut you off without a penny
…hasn’t got a penny to his name
I haven’t got two pennies to rub together
The penny drops
Making every penny count
pretty as a penny
save the pennies and the dollars will look after themselves

and finally-

“See a penny. Pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck!”

That’s my favourite.
When you see a penny lying on the ground, pick it up and pass it to someone next to you.
Have them shove it in their shoe.
You’ll have to be creative if that someone is wearing “flip-flops!”
Where’s the good luck in having a penny in your shoe you say? It may not be good luck, exactly. It may be a question of comfort. When the penny’s removed it’ll sure feel better when you walk.
Have a great day. Stay C o    o L!