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mister harbies
19-08-2004, 02:02 PM
Hi fellow F1ers,

I am a member of a few forums. This is my favourite forum so I will post my question here. (Buckman, did you read this?)

In almost all the forums, I read "Thats my two cents" after someone gives so advice.

We don't have two cents any more. What does this mean? Is it some forum jargon? Or is there a Anti-Microsoft fund scheme going on that I have missed out on?


Mister Harbies

mark c
19-08-2004, 02:09 PM
Nowt v complicated. Just means like IMHO, a sort of disclaimer saying "hey don't shoot me. I can't even play the piano."

stu120404
19-08-2004, 02:10 PM
yeath, in a way it is forum jargon, I think it means it is they option or something like that

Hope this sort helps :)

metla
19-08-2004, 02:22 PM
The saying is older then moses's grandfater,its not forum jargon as such but just an old expression.

It means to submit your input,even if its close to worthless,or might be considered wothless.

whiskeytangofoxtrot
19-08-2004, 02:34 PM
> (Buckman, did you read this?)

Hah! I'm sure if he wasn't busy praising Allah that this is your favourite forum he would've responded by now.

The english in this thread is atrocious, however metla clearly sums it up.

My $0.02

metla
19-08-2004, 02:37 PM
And calling people out (especially the head cheese) by their last name is disrespectful.

Although calling someone the head cheese is probally disresctful as well.

Just my 2 cents.

mister harbies
19-08-2004, 02:49 PM
Metla, Didn't mean to be disrespectful, but I like people calling my my last name. It makes me sound like a celebrity.

I understand the two cents now. Shouldn't we start trying to make a habit of giving 5 cents as we don't have two cents in New Zealand.

Thats my 5 cents :D

Rob99
19-08-2004, 02:56 PM
Where is all this money going 9 cents so far, does Telecom put this on our bill. I'll do a test.
Thats my 1000 dollars worth

kiki
19-08-2004, 03:00 PM
> Hah! I'm sure if he wasn't busy praising Allah that this is your favourite forum he would've responded by now.

> The english in this thread is atrocious, however metla clearly sums it up.

:^O Careful WTF, the thread might get locked for arguing about spelling again.

R2x1
19-08-2004, 03:01 PM
If you're not afraid of someone re-valuing your NSHO back to $0.01, take a shot, but then, why not call it your 50 cents worth ? ;)
R2

Scouse
19-08-2004, 03:26 PM
Lifted from somewhere.... [This is a fast-access FAQ excerpt.]

This expression meaning "to contribute one's opinion" dates from
the late nineteenth century. Bo Bradham suggested that it came from
"the days of $.02 postage. To 'put one's two cents' worth in'
referred to the cost of a letter to the editor, the president, or
whomever was deserving". According to the Encyclopaedia
Britannica, the first-class postal rate was 2 cents an ounce between
1883 and 1932 (with the exception of a brief period during World War
I). This OED citation confirms that two-cent stamps were once
common: "1902 ELIZ. L. BANKS Newspaper Girl xiv, Dinah got a letter
through the American mail. She had fivepence to pay on it, because
only a common two-cent stamp had been stuck on it." On the other
hand, "two-cent" was an American expression for "of little value"
(similar to British "twopenny-halfpenny"), so the phrase may simply
have indicated the writer's modesty about the value of his
contribution.

metla
19-08-2004, 03:36 PM
Yeah,I'm big on modesty myself.

Especially when i'm being amazingly opinionated,

nzStan
19-08-2004, 03:41 PM
There was this guy who made a living off the net by collecting all the two cents. It's not illegal but he's driving a Mercedes now.

mister harbies
19-08-2004, 03:49 PM
NZStan,

Can you explain how this guy made a living collecting "two cents" and ended up driving a Mercedes.

It looks too god to be true


Mister Harbies

|llus|oN
19-08-2004, 03:51 PM
After reading this thread I'm waiting for my $0.01 change ;)

nzStan
19-08-2004, 03:51 PM
> NZStan,
>
> Can you explain how this guy made a living collecting
> "two cents" and ended up driving a Mercedes.
>
> It looks too god to be true
>
>
> Mister Harbies


I was just doing a metla ;)

andrew93
19-08-2004, 03:59 PM
Great therad, thanks for the info Scouse, IMHO this can be abbreviated to TMFC

That's My 5c

andrew93
19-08-2004, 04:00 PM
D'Oh!. "therad" - just another way of saying thread in this part of the country...

:D

metla
19-08-2004, 04:14 PM
> I was just doing a metla ;)


And immediatly hit one of the pitfalls. :D

Murray P
19-08-2004, 07:58 PM
> > I was just doing a metla ;)
>
>
> And immediatly hit one of the pratfalls. :D :^O

Sorry couldn't help it

My 2c worth

Cheers Murray ;P

Terry Porritt
19-08-2004, 08:04 PM
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/archive/10/2001/12/2/8979

zqwerty
19-08-2004, 08:08 PM
Re: Made millions.

Could be an urban myth, supposedly a computer programmer who had some control over a Bank's finances where incremental transactions like rounding up and rounding down were just lost into the ether, wrote a program where upon all the fractional increments were deposited into a created account which every now and again he fleeced. Made many millions as the story goes before being found out and prosecuted, don't know what happened to him.

andrew93
19-08-2004, 08:36 PM
hte bank programmer story is probably an urban myth, see here for the "salami" technique (http://www.snopes.com/business/bank/salami.asp) (not an Italian dance floor technique)

macpen
19-08-2004, 09:34 PM
You've all got it wrong. It's the change you should get when purchasing 2 items from the red shed where everyone gets a bargain. macpen

metla
19-08-2004, 10:44 PM
> Re: Made millions.
>
> Could be an urban myth, supposedly a computer
> programmer who had some control over a Bank's
> finances where incremental transactions like
> rounding up and rounding down were just lost into the
> ether, wrote a program where upon all the fractional
> increments were deposited into a created account
> which every now and again he fleeced. Made many
> millions as the story goes before being found out and
> prosecuted, don't know what happened to him.



Its even more then an urban myth,its a movie.

whiskeytangofoxtrot
19-08-2004, 10:46 PM
> Could be an urban myth, supposedly a computer
> programmer who had some control over a Bank's
> finances where incremental transactions like
> rounding up and rounding down were just lost into the
> ether, wrote a program where upon all the fractional
> increments were deposited into a created account
> which every now and again he fleeced. Made many
> millions as the story goes before being found out and
> prosecuted, don't know what happened to him.

Bwahahaha Office Space

kiki
19-08-2004, 11:34 PM
That movie is hilarious.

Raymondo
20-08-2004, 07:55 AM
I hate to come in late but, for the post-decimalisation generation, the phrase is probably an update of put in my twopennyworth; twopennyworth being considered a paltry or insignificant sum - the first recorded use of the word occurring in 1850 or thereabouts.

I liked Scouse's explanation linking it to the cost of mail at 2c an ounce. However, if that is correct it may well have originated with the phrase twopenny post, this being a postal service that operated in London (1801-1839) by which letters etc were conveyed at an ordinary charge of twopence each.

All of the above being courtesy of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary. It is interesting to note that in its definition of the various phrases containing twopenny there is a graphic illustration of inflation over the years:

twopenny upright slang a prostitute

Raymondo
20-08-2004, 08:04 AM
addendum
The above rolls much more easily of the tongue if you use the recognised and preferred pronunciation of tuppence

Biggles
20-08-2004, 10:41 AM
"Buckman" reminds me of being at school. I hate it. Just my $10 worth (my opinions are automatically worth much more. Yeah, I know its not fair, but that's life).

~~~~~ s y ~~~~~
20-08-2004, 04:21 PM
I'm the one of very few who get called by my last name. Nop, my name is not a foreign laguage, and infact, it is very easy to say. But, you see, I'm just above the rest :p I've got used to it, makes me feel superior

My $20 worth





[Sorry Bruce, I'm worth more. As you said, that's life ;-)]

Growly
20-08-2004, 06:33 PM
> Where is all this money going 9 cents so far, does Telecom put this on our bill. I'll do a test.

He we go...

Rob99
20-08-2004, 11:28 PM
OMG!!!! (http://sal.neoburn.net/imagef1/files/telecom_bill.png)
Well that test worked just fine.......hmm I wonder if I should Do another test???

Oh well thats my -1000 dollars worth :|

Laura
20-08-2004, 11:38 PM
Nice one, Rob
Looks like my bill wasn't too bad at all...
Lots of tolls to overseas porn sites, eh?