Saturday, February 07, 2015

Penny, in my words + pennies

dening : penny

The Illunse word for penny (small coin of little value) is dening. Dening is a unusual to uncommon last name. Dening is a rare first name. Dening is a place in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

This word is a mixture of the Old English word for penny, pening (a penny coin, in Anglo-Saxon England a silver coin worth 240th of a pound), and the Latin word denarius (a small silver coin issued during the Roman Empire). Neither of these were the smallest coin denomination of their time. (Picture shown is of an Æthelred the Unready penny from around 1000 AD.)

This is a new word. My first Illunse word for some time.

deningas : pennies

The Illunse word for pennies (nominative plural) is deningas. Deningas is a rare last name.

The Latin plural of denarius is denarii. Pennies in Old English is peningas.

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