From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Oct 27 2003 - 04:17:52 CST
On 26/10/2003 21:30, Doug Ewell wrote:
>In my limited experience, that word DIME has done more to confuse
>furriners than anything else about the U.S. and Canadian monetary
>systems. The dime is the smallest coin in the set physically, weighing
>less than half as much as a nickel, and made of (apparently) the same
>material, yet worth twice as much. The etymology tracing the word
>"dime" back to Latin "decem" ("ten") is lost on those who have not grown
>up with the system, and obvious to those who have.
> Fullerton, California
It did confuse me for a bit. But it shouldn't confuse Australians, who
are used to the two dollar coin being half the size of the one dollar
coin, and made of the same metal.
-- Peter Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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