I remember when R&D didn’t mean Rip-off & Duplicate

Mon, May 28, 2007


Digging through my latest issue of TAG Magazine and I saw this little tidbit. As it says here, “this photo shows an R&D department in Vietnam where they’re putting the finishing touches to a prototype of a new 125cc air-cooled SYM. Tisk-tisk (shakes head). I guess it just doesn’t pay to innovate any more. I wonder what Piaggio would have to say about that.

Oh, and what’s the difference between a Pence, a shilling, a Pound and a Quid? I just don’t get UK money.

Didn’t we just post something about Vespa moving production to Vietnam? It’ll be easy now… they can just rebadge these SYM knock-offs.

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3 Responses to “I remember when R&D didn’t mean Rip-off & Duplicate”

  1. angrystan Says:

    Pence is plural of penny, the existing unit smaller than the pound.

    A quid is slang for a pound allegedly derived from the Royal mint at Quidhampton, Hampshire.

    A shilling was originally one-twentieth of a pound, slang for which was bob.

    Way back when, there were 240p in a pound. Way back when there were 12p in a shilling. I won’t even get into further sub-units of farthings and such.

    This all ended January 1, 1971 with decimalization. Now you will find 100 “new pence” to a pound. Shilling coins are worth 5p, but the convention of “shilling” is less common today.


  2. ScooterScoop Says:

    Thanks for the education. And do people still use “Pony” and “Monkey”?

    I feel bad for anyone visiting the USA trying to decipher a cent from a penny, a dime a quarter a dollar a buck, clam, greenback, so on and so forth.

    Found a good money word resource here:


  3. GenWaylaid Says:

    So it’s 1008 farthings to the guinea? How many crowns does that make?

    Over here we have to buy our cloned scooters with smaller American dollars, which makes them more of a bargain. In Canada, it’s no contest.


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