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Sep 4, 2012
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with Anu Garg

god's penny

PRONUNCIATION:
(godz PEN-ee)

MEANING:
noun: Earnest money: a small sum given to show commitment and to bind a contract in a purchase, with the remaining amount due later.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the earlier belief that some of the earnest money should be devoted to some religious purpose. Earliest documented use: 1340.

USAGE:
"The exchange of God's penny was the common seal of a deal."
N.S.B. Gras; Business and Capitalism; Beard Books; 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

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