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Lennon

I occasionally wonder whether email would be as prolific a medium for junk if it had a real economic price. For one thing it would more than likely put an end to spam; generally increase productivity for at least the developed world; and contribute to reducing the national debt of Italy inside 12 months.

Make the ISP's responsible for collection of the debt (as I suspect that only they could actually count the number of emails travelling the globe) and that might make all of us more responsible users too.

It's not as daft as you might think: in the past, government taxed windows in Scotland (which is the reason for so many blocked up window spaces in tenements) and I discovered in Florida this year that back in the 1800/1900s you were taxed on the number of cupboards (closets they call them) you had in your home. This is disputed however!

Penny Plain Tuppenny Coloured

That is an old expression in the UK that perhaps your granny may have used, and of course nowadays you can get nothing for a penny whereas in the good old days that would have got you admission to the "pictures" (cinema we call it nowadays) AND your bus fare home!

You can look up on google to find out the origin of the phrase if you wish.

Plain speaking is really important though isn't it? As a budding italian speaker, I know only too well that common idioms in English rarely translate in Italian on a word for word basis, "cielo a pecorelle, acqua a catinelle" translates as "a mackerel sky, water in buckets" but idiomatically becomes, "it's raining cats and dogs" - so far as I can gather.