In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
(coin)moneda de cuatro peniques feminine
- A halfpenny was of course half a penny; a groat was worth fourpence; and a sixpence (popularly called a ‘tester’) was worth six pennies, or 6 d.
- I bet Edward III's subjects thought that the silver groat was a fine coin too but I haven't seen many of those around recently.
- With its medieval history, Lacock and its Abbey may have leased in lugs long before the demise of the groat in the 17th century, although the groat was deemed to be worth four pennies.
- Material possessions and the means of measuring them by reference to groats, shillings or florins were forbidden in the Holy Parish.
- Surrey Street Market has been at the heart of Croydon's daily life for more than 700 years, with cries of ‘who'll give me a pound, penny or groat?’
cereal, esp avena, molido grueso
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