Friday, September 02, 2011

Seen in Northampton: There's nothing so lost as the recent past


pete said...

Yes, the 1/2p, the tiddler.

When decimal currency was introduced my maths teacher had several rants about how it was wrong to show prices with 1/2p on the end instead of .5p, the proper decimal equivalent.

Years later I met him in the pub and he said he was pleased the 1/2p had been recently abolished. However, he then told me he was still incensed by people saying 'one pence', something which still happens. Gordon Brown spoke of a 'one pence' tax cut a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

As far as I can remember GB was consistent in his use of 'one pence'. I used to wonder whether Ladbroke's would take bets on the time of its first occurrence in a Budget speech.