Penny

Pennies from the USA.

A penny (plural pence in the United Kingdom, plural pennies in Canada and the United States) is a coin used by several countries where people speak English. This includes United Kingdom, the United States, where a penny is worth one cent, and Canada, where "penny" is an informal term for one cent coins. Canada stopped minting the penny in 2012.

Popular Culture

In British and American culture, finding a penny is often thought to be lucky. A popular expression is "Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you'll have good luck." If someone asks you "A penny for your thoughts" They're wanting to know what you think. The phrase was first written in John Heywood's 1547 Dialogue Conteinying the Nomber in Effect of All the Proverbes in the Englishe Tongue,[1] written when the penny was still a sterling silver coin. The possibly related American expression "my two cents" (meaning "my humble opinion") uses the low value of the penny to make fun of one's own thoughts in a funny way. In British English, to "spend a penny" means to urinate. The phrase does actually imply spending an actual penny: coin-operated public toilets commonly charged a predecimal penny, starting with the Great Exhibition of 1851. Around Decimal Day, British Rail introduced the "Superloo", better public toilets that charged 2p (roughly the equivalent of 6d.).[2]

Other Languages
العربية: بنس
беларуская: Пені
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Пэні
català: Penic
čeština: Pence
eesti: Penn
English: Penny
español: Penique
Esperanto: Penco
français: Penny
Gaeilge: Pingin
한국어: 페니
hrvatski: Penny
Bahasa Indonesia: Penny
italiano: Penny
עברית: פני
lietuvių: Pensas
magyar: Penny
Nederlands: Penny (munt)
日本語: ペニー
polski: Pens
português: Pêni
русский: Пенни
саха тыла: Пенни
Sesotho sa Leboa: Penny
shqip: Peni
slovenčina: Penny
suomi: Penni
svenska: Penny
தமிழ்: பென்னி
ไทย: เพนนี
Türkçe: Peni
українська: Пенні
Tiếng Việt: Penny
ייִדיש: פעני
中文: 便士