Money box/ piggy bank

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nazimou11

Senior Member
arabic, french
Hello guys,

I am wondering which one of these is more common and sounds more natural to you: money box/ piggy bank/ penny ank?

Thank you os much for your help :)
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Originally a money-box in the shape of a pig, the term "piggy bank" has become a lot more general, to refer to any object intended to hold money and with a slot for inserting the money. It is a term used by children, or perhaps by adults to children. It is also used by adults in a frivolous mood, usually figuratively.

    In contrast, a "money box" may be simply a box that is intended to contain money, or any box used to contain money.

    The term "penny bank" is not familiar to me.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Just this morning I paid for my breakfast using only coins--nearly $5.00 in coins. I said to the cashier after handing her the coins, "There, you've got my piggy bank."

    A piggy bank would normally only hold coins.

    A "money box" or more usually a "cash box" would have both coins and paper money.

    A piggy bank is a child's bank and my quote was an effort to be amusing (a failed effort, I might add). You would not expect an adult to have a piggy bank; and you would not expect a child to have a money box or cash box.
     

    George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    I used a piggy bank for many a year until it got broken. It was a convenient place to store coins and the foreign stuff . The replacement tin is still my piggy bank.

    GF..

    The notes are in my wallet... Along with the plastic....
     
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