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The origin of "two bits"

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The phrase isn't used very often anymore, but when I was a kid it was pretty common for folks to refer to a quarter as "two bits." Well, as most of you know already, the phrase originated with the Spanish Milled dollar, or 8 reales, so 1 bit was an eighth of a dollar, hence a quarter was two eighths or bits. Attached is an image of a coin I found, the original "two bits" this is a colonial Mexico 2 Reales coin from the year of our nation's birth, 1776. A neat piece of history!


2 Reales Obverse

2 Reales Reverse

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You guys are so gullible. The origin of "two bits" is from singing barbers, who would accidentally nick a person's scalp in a couple of places because they were too busy singing or humming.


Trust me; I have a degree in History!




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