One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A former British coin and monetary unit equal to one twentieth of a pound or twelve pence.
- ‘The cult series' writer, producer and voice will take people back to the days of pounds, shillings and pence, tin baths and condensed milk butties.’
- ‘The main problem, of course, isn't one of pounds, shillings and pence, it's one of seconds, minutes and hours.’
- ‘I'll take anything, even old pennies from the pound shilling and pence era.’
- ‘It will be little different from when we scrapped pounds, shillings and pence and switched to the decimal system.’
- ‘And who would go back to 12 pence to one shilling, 20 shillings to a pound with no calculator?’
- ‘For example in old British measures there were twelve inches in a foot, twelve pennies in a shilling etc.’
- ‘Knowing that there were 12 pennies to the shilling, and 20 shillings to the pound, was second nature.’
- ‘It sounds even worse in pounds, shillings and pence.’
- ‘The real total was thirty-eight pounds, nine shillings, two pence, but why fiddle with details?’
- ‘Behind, on a shelf, stands a magisterial cash-register, which looks as if it has been ringing up the pounds, shillings and pence since the dawn of time.’
- ‘Within about five minutes however I found out that LSD also stands for pounds, shillings and pence.’
- ‘The more the sheriffs' renders were made in cash, the greater the need for an easily followed but quick method of making calculations in pounds, shillings, and pence.’
- ‘For the purpose of this article I will be figuring a shilling to be worth an average 5 pence (48 shillings to the pound).’
- ‘There were twelve pence to a shilling and twenty shillings to a pound.’
- ‘I wonder what these former opponents would have to say if we were told to change back to pounds, shillings and pence?’
- ‘A bold statement of traditional values, in something as close to pounds, shillings and pence as an opposition party will ever allow.’
- ‘The entries note the items purchased, the unit price where applicable, and the total price denominated in pounds, shillings, and pence.’
- ‘Long before that, and before my time, the nation had adapted to Decimal Currency from ‘Pounds, shillings and pence’.’
- ‘In the early 70s, we lost our pounds, shillings and pence.’
- ‘Buy a little book ruled for the purpose for pounds, shillings and pence and keep an account of cash received and expended.’
2The basic monetary unit in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, equal to 100 cents.
- ‘There are about 2,000 Tanzanian shillings to the £, but, as with most places in Africa, the locals prefer US dollars.’
- ‘Granted more than just economic resources go into consumer decisions, but having shillings is one of the most basic.’
- ‘As the Kenya shilling fights its way up against the dollar, shareholders are capitalizing on the stock market before, inevitably, the prices start coming down.’
- ‘The basic monetary unit is the Somali shilling, with one hundred cents equal to one shilling.’
- ‘Now also operates an internet caf with four computers, charging 10 Kenyan shillings, that's less than one U.S. cent per minute.’
- ‘At the close of trade on Friday, the Ugandan shilling traded at nearly 2,000 to the U.S. dollar.’
- ‘After joining, I got a loan of 7,000 Kenya shillings.’
- ‘Usually a two-kilogram tin of both mbuni and cherry go for only five shillings.’
- ‘I browsed and noted the Tanzanian shilling prices being demanded for learned academic tomes on Law, History, Commerce and Science, all of them published in Britain.’
- ‘Even the fact that there are 2,170 Ugandan shillings to the euro tells its own tale of how wrecked the economy there is.’
Old English scilling, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schelling and German Schilling.
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