In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Flowers were also very scarce, narcissus and chrysanthemums being the chief varieties at twopence and threepence per bunch.
- He had to give threepence for a copy of that paper.
- Diving exhibitions were popular; people paid threepence to watch them.
- For the privilege of a few turns on his invention, Bob charged everyone outside the family threepence, but the volunteer got to have a free ride by lifting his legs as the speed increased and they whirled dizzily round and round.
- Subscriptions were moderate: the usual charge was between half a guinea and a guinea a year, and there were often facilities for borrowing books at the rate of a penny a volume or threepence for the usual three-volume novel.
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