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Old 08-11-2007, 11:12 PM
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The Penny drops - origin of saying?

It is a bit of British slang I don't understand the origin of.

It (The Penny's Dropped) means "Ahh! now I get it/I understand now/what was cloudy is now clear".

Any guesses as to the origin of this saying?


Last edited by Full Metal Lotus; 08-11-2007 at 11:13 PM.
Old 08-11-2007, 11:17 PM
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Ever put a coin in a gumball machine and it doesn't go? You jiggle the knob or whack the machine and it drops and you get your merchandise.

Edit: Or what Q.E.D. said.

Last edited by Johnny L.A.; 08-11-2007 at 11:17 PM.
Old 08-11-2007, 11:45 PM
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Ah.. Thank you all!

Ignorance once again wrestled to the ground in speedy, efficient fashion!


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