Nugget of Knowledge: Piggy bank origin

Peniaphobia is the fear of poverty

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – During the Middle Ages, dishes and pots were usually made of clay called pygg.

If you had an extra coin around the house, you would drop it into a handy clay jar.

Over the next several centuries, we forgot that pygg referred to earthen ware. By the 19th century, when English potters were asked to make a pygg bank, they produced banks shaped like a pig — the animal. That’s why we call them piggy banks, even though pigs save nothing, bury nothing, store nothing.

Peniaphobia is the fear of poverty.

Where did we get the expression — “keep or leave your options open?”

It’s recent. It comes from a journalist.

The first time it appears in print is in the British newspaper, “The Guardian,” on May 14, 1969.

It says a certain politician has decided to keep his options open. Sometimes, they’re left on the table.

One famous non-politician in America said this: “I must leave all my options open, because, above all else, we must make America great again.”

That, of course, was Donald Trump and the year was 2011 — a year before president Barack Obama ran for re-election.

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