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#1 2005-11-30 14:43:00

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'a petty penny' for 'a pretty penny'

A converse to the preceding eggcorn. Since ‘a pretty penny’ means a lot of money, this substitution inverts the meaning. About 100 ghits:

Bring lots a money, that conference food can cost a petty penny ...

I do know about antique ring guns though and I have even seen one that was a
revolver believe It or not and yes It worked, cost a petty penny for sure. Number=146670&page=50&view=collapsed&sb=...

I just recently purchased a 2002 silver se-r spec v. I paid a petty penny for it
so I was upset that the performance numbers aren’t what we all expected.

The best PowerBook G3 ever is going to set you back a petty

... the troubles at home and WORLD wide are many and costing the tax payer a petty penny…



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