One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An amount of something that is worth or costs twopence.‘twopenn'orth of twist’
- ‘Last Saturday night me and my little Emma here, we sold 7 pounds worth of whelks between eight and half past eleven o'clock - and almost all in penn'orths and twopenn'orths - a few, hap'orths, but not many.’
- ‘With a penn'orth of ceiling white, twopenn'orth of lime and a penn'orth of colour powder plus the enforced help of two very reluctant sisters, the house was re-decorated.’
- 1.1 A paltry or insignificant amount.
- ‘He might have made it, too, had his twopenn'orth of talent been matched by more than a ha'porth of speed.’
- ‘There then followed 15 days of denials, plus various ‘friends’ chipping in their twopenn'orth.’
add (or put in) one's twopenn'orth
informal Contribute one's opinion.
- ‘Also putting in their twopenn'orths were the show's compiler and editor and the odd unseen producer.’
- ‘I know everyone's slagging it off but I'll have to add my twopenn'orth.’
- ‘To add my twopenn'orth (now there's a mean tip) to the percentage debate, I normally leave around 10%, or 15% if I feel a larger-than-usual tip is in order.’
- ‘Hi guys, I've read this forum for months now, and since I have a bit of insight into this, rather than listening to some pretty cool ‘experts’, I'll add my twopenn'orth.’
- ‘I predicted last issue that the kerfuffle over his remarks (reprinted opposite) would have died down by the time I got around to offering my twopenn'orth, and I was right.’
- ‘I have put in my twopenn'orth. ah I remember. I commented last Sunday and posted the link, but we were still so excited it all got lost!’
- ‘‘He has always put in his twopenn'orth, even when he was a kid, asking: ‘What are you doing that for?’
- ‘If I may add my experienced twopenn'orth, the media can only report what it has been told by the police, and it's very naive indeed to think that the police lay all their cards on the table at every press conference.’
- ‘As usual when I start reading a thread like this, I itch to add my twopenn'orth (/ two cents worth), then I read on and find that others have beaten me to it and I'm left with about a hap'orth (/ half a cent's worth).’
- ‘My twopenn'orth would be that the ‘problem’ occurs because of a conflating of print and web design criteria.’
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