It was reported today that the Canadians are going to stop making pennies. The current cost of minting a penny? 1.6 cents. A money-losing process for the government. I expect the US to follow in some not too distant future. I used to subscribe to the "see a penny, pick it up and all the day you'll have a good luck" mantra, but confess that even I no longer pick them up.
But what will this change mean for the language?
"Penny candy? A relic of the past. The penny arcade? Already gone.
"And some old adages will likely fade away, too.
"Penny for your thoughts?
What are people going to pinch?
Will thoughts now cost a nickel?
See a penny? Leave it.
Penny-wise? Just foolish.
Take care of the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves?
A penny saved is ... not much, but it might be rare."http://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/73144/No-...
Apparently the cost of a penny has been more than a cent for some time, and it still took years for Canada to do away with the coin.
This was from 2008:http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story...