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Hand Me an 8-Denarius Nail, Please
Kirt's Cogitations™ #149

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   Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
   Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.


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Hand Me an 8-Denarius Nail, Please

Ever wonder where the "d" in an 8d nail comes from when referring to an 8-penny nail -- or for that matter where the "penny" comes from? Well, the penny part is easy; it referred to old England when 8 pennies would purchase a fixed number (probably 100) of that size nails, 10 pennies would purchased the same quantity of 10-penny nails, and so on for 4-penny, 6-penny, etc. The "d" goes way back to the time when the Romans occupied England and the penny equivalent was the "denarius." Now you know.