One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A monetary unit of Latvia, equal to one hundredth of a lat.
- ‘There were no five-santim coins among the counterfeit money found in Latvia last year.’
- ‘Much more controversy arose about the name of the coins, whether they should be ‘stotinki’ ‘santims’, or ‘sotnitses’.’
From Latvian santims, from French centime + the Latvian masculine ending -s.
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