Call for internationalis(z)ation of "My two cents"
16 Nov 2004 - 3:57am
10 years ago
As a native of the United Kingdom (a small group of islands off the
coast of Europe) I find myself often confused by some US-centric
terminology used on this list and others.
One term that causes particular confusion is "my two cents / 2c / $.02",
or other variations. I find it difficult to quantify the precise value
of 2c on-the-fly, because (although other Europeans have cents) we use
only pounds, shillings, and pence.
Until the UK catches up with the rest of the civilized world, could I
propose the following alternative international-friendly wording:
1. For things you actually believe: "I believe that..."
2. For things you aren't sure you believe: "Perhaps..."
3. For things that are flippant or not properly thought-through: