salad days

Pronounced: [as it sounds], noun

Notes: This phrase has nothing to do with diets (heh); it is one of the phrases that I have read, but I didn’t know the proper definition

Yesterday’s word

The word catchpenny is “a trinket; something made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1700s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the phrase “catch a penny” — something that sells at a low price would indeed catch pennies. Back in those days, there was also a halfpenny and a farthing (a quarter of a penny).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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