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By Gwen Cornwell
Remember When 

Gwen Muses A Bit


Shave and a haircut, two bits.

Do you remember that saying, or better yet does anyone remember the time it might have been true?

Then there was the standby cheerleading cheer: 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar. All for (your team) stand up and holler. Can you imagine the look you might get from a person you were doing business with today if you told them an item was 2 bits? Oh, gosh, I missed my chance when the greenhouse was selling plants!

I would be willing to bet that young people have never heard of a quarter referred to as “2 bits.” This was a true reference to the quarter.

I did look it up and found that the term was used mostly in Canada and the upper U.S. It was used at a time a quarter was of some value. I must say I think there are quite a few of us who can remember that time.

Gwen welcomes your memories at 367-5582.


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