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What is the actual meaning of 'tuppenuth'? I saw someone using this word in a discussion like this:

My tuppenuth: <list of his/her thoughts>

I googled it already, and it suggests new words/similar words. Is it a short form of some other word?

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    Could you put the word in context?
    – Patrick
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 10:34
  • I found enough uses of the word via Google to extrapolate a meaning and origin, but I can't find an official source anywhere. Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 10:39
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    "Tuppenuth" per se is not a word.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:00
  • If I had a dollar for every time someone declared that a perfectly cromulent word "isn't a word" ...
    – user184130
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 16:25
  • @JamesRandom, no, but you can have this tuppenuth.
    – mustaccio
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 16:58

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I'm going to hazard an attempt at it's meaning, notwithstanding you didn't provide a sentence or context.

There is the word "tuppence".

tuppence
n. Chiefly British
Variant of twopence.
American Heritage Dictionary

And there are the terms twopenn'orth and two pennorth:

twopenn'orth
1. An amount of something that is worth or costs twopence.
Oxford Living Dictionaries

Or a tuppence worth.

I'm guessing it's a variant spelling of "twopenn'orth", meaning "tuppence worth" or "two pennies' worth". The pronunciation given for "twopenn'orth" at Oxford Living Dictionaries is tuːˈpɛnəθ, or (too-PEN-eth), the final 'e' in "eth" being a schwa sound. And this is the pronunciation it seems to me from the look of "tuppenuth". Again, check the link to hear the pronunciation.

Does that fit the usage of the word as you saw it?

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  • I saw someone using this word in a discussion like below, "My tuppenuth: <list of his/her thoughts> " Thanks, this answers my question.
    – Subala
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:11
  • @Subala Then it just seems like an attempt at a phonetic spelling of twopenn'orth. If I had only 'heard' the term and not seen it spelled before, I'd probably guess the same way.
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:14
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    Yeah, my guess would be "two pennies worth" -- basically, saying the equivalent to the US "Here's my two cents' worth".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:37
  • That matches what I was seeing. I also saw it spelled once as "tuppen'uth," which follows the "twopenn'orth" idea. Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:42

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