Month: May 2021

my two cents worth

“My two cents’ worth” is an opinion. The idiom comes from 15th-century British use of twopence or tuppence to mean “of little or no value.” The American “two bits,” meaning 25 cents, is used in a similar way. In the past, many goods or services have borne a low price, such as twopenny ale, twopenny post, even twopenny rope (an…

counting sheep

Counting sheep is a mental discipline used as a way of putting oneself to sleep. What you’re supposed to do is imagine an endless series of identical white sheep jumping over a fence, and count them as they go. Presumably, occupying the mind with something simple, repetitive, and rhythmic will be so boring that you fall asleep. An early reference…