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"Half a pence"

15 replies

UnquietDad · 12/03/2008 14:03

From the Chancellor in his budget!!

Gordon never made that mistake.

It should be, if being most pedantic, "one half of one penny" - or "half a penny" would be OK.

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MargeSimpsonMyAlterEgo · 12/03/2008 14:21

at least he didn't say "half a pee"

Iota · 12/03/2008 14:29

shame on him

I hate it when people say that.

SheikYerbouti · 12/03/2008 14:31

The man is obviously an imbecile

LadyOfWaffle · 12/03/2008 14:32

Or half of one pence ?

DeeRiguer · 12/03/2008 14:47

lol marge

doggiesayswoof · 12/03/2008 14:53


UnquietDad · 12/03/2008 15:05

"Half a per cent" annoys me too.

It's "half of one per cent."

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MargeSimpsonMyAlterEgo · 12/03/2008 20:13

Why's that, UQD? We don't say half of one apple...

RosaIsRed · 13/03/2008 00:17

Because 'a per cent' doesn't mean anything. You have to specify how many per cent. One per cent is one in a hundred. You can't have 'an in a hundred' therefore you can't have 'a per cent'.

branflake81 · 13/03/2008 10:08

Forgive my potentially shocking ignorance, but is "pence" not also singular as in "one pence" in which case you could have "half a pence" just like "half an apple".

Or am I wrong?

jura · 13/03/2008 10:12

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RosaIsRed · 13/03/2008 10:23

Jura is right. One penny, two pence. That is why you can't have half a pence.

branflake81 · 13/03/2008 14:35

Well, according to this you're all right and I'm wrong, though am marginally justified in being so. (and if I can't be pedantic about the degree to which I am right/wrong here, where can I be?!)

MargeSimpsonMyAlterEgo · 14/03/2008 18:38

oooh branflake! How teasing to insert a link to something which needs a password to log into!!

BTW surely you can say "one half percent"?

Homebird8 · 14/03/2008 18:40


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