What did we do before google?
Who else in a the snap of a finger could tell us the history of why we call piggy banks piggy banks?
Turns out it comes from the word pygg, which (according to Wikipedia), “is an orange… clay commonly used during the Middle Ages as a cheap material for pots to store money, called pygg pots or pygg jars.”
Somewhere down the road the jars took on the shape of the animal.
I don’t remember ever having a piggy bank until a friend made me a pink one with gold wings in papier mache. I was an adult by then but I took pleasure filling the flying pink pig with coins. Then one day, I don’t know why, I gave it an appendectomy and took the contents to the bank.
I have the pig still, a gaping hole in its side (too sad to show in a pic) and still toss in loose change… but it’s so much easier now to get them out when I’m short for the pizza guy.
(Also… WHY ARE THERE SO MANY AT THE SALLY ANNE???)
Who gives away their piggy banks???
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