It must be the wine I'm drinking, but I am getting thoroughly fed up with 'the media' (well, TV adverts mainly) that always quote prices in a manner such as: 'grapes, 49 p(ee), coconuts, 49 p(ee), apples, 49 p(ee), arse flutes, 49 p(ee)', etc.
What is wrong with saying 'pence' on the odd occasion I ask ? It certainly sounds a lot better.
Of course,in the old days we didn't have to faff about with either of these - didn't people originally say 'p' to distinguish new post decimalisation money from the old money(d) they were used to? And now it's stuck?