There may have been a time in which you have heard someone use the term “Penny for your thoughts”. But what is the meaning of this phrase and where did it come from in the first place? We are going to look at the answers to both of these questions as well as taking a look at some examples of the phrase in use.
Penny for Your Thoughts
Penny for Your Thoughts Meaning
When someone uses the phrase “Penny for your thoughts” they are asking you to tell them what is on your mind, when it is evident that you are deeply thinking about something.
Origin of this idiom
The origin of the term Penny for your thoughts can first be found in a written text by Sir Thomas More in which we see the line ‘it often happens that the face shows the mind walking a pilgrimage, then otherwise folk will ask them a penny for your thoughts.’
“Penny for Your Thoughts” Examples
During the daily speech, there may be many times in which the idiomatic term Penny for your thoughts may be heard, we will now look at some examples of how it can be used in the sentence.
- “Simon, looked in a trance so Debbie asked him a Penny for your thoughts?”
This is a statement being made from one friend about another.
- “Hey, Dave you look like you’re concentrating, penny for your thoughts?”
This statement is being made by a brother.
If you are curious to see how the term Penny for your thoughts would work in a conversation, here are some examples to show how this would happen.
The first conversation is taking place between a group of friends.
- Person 1: “Sam doesn’t look too happy.”
- Person 2: “No, she has hardly said a word all day, and she’s just staring at the floor.”
- Person 1: “Hey Sam! Penny for your thoughts.”
In this next conversation, we see two people discussing a problem at work.
- Person 1: “I’m not totally sure how we can fix this.”
- Person 2: “I may have an idea.”
- Brief silence
- Person 1: “Don’t keep me waiting then, penny for your thoughts.”
Other Ways to Say the Idiom
There are other ways in which you can say the term Penny for your thoughts by using other wording. Here are some examples of other things you can say which carry the same meaning.
- Spill the beans
- What’s on your mind?
- What are you thinking about?
- What do you think?
- Let me know your thoughts
- Tell me your thoughts
- I want to know your thoughts