If you pay a little bit of
attention, you will notice that people "just my two cents" as the ending
of their emails and speeches. Obviously, "My two cents" is an American
idiomatic expression but I am not sure that people really know
what it means.
People may think "my two cents"
could be one of the follow means:
This is my humble opinion;
This is the only opinion that
This is all what I have;
I have no other opinions;
It is a true statement;
This is my first thought.
Which one do you think is the
Before we give you the answer,
let's take a look where this idiom comes from:
"My two cents" and its long
version "put my two cents in" is taken from the original British
idiomatic expression: to put in "my two pennies worth". It used
to preface the tentative stating of one's opinion. By deprecating the
opinion to follow - suggesting its value is only two cents, a very small
amount - the user of the phrase hopes to lessen the impact of a possibly
contentious statement, showing politeness and humility. However, it is
also sometimes used with irony when expressing a strongly felt opinion.
The phrase is also used out of habit to preface uncontentious opinions.
For example: "If I may put my
two cents in, that hat doesn't do you any favors." (More polite way
of saying, for example; That hat is ugly.) An example of the shortened
version: "My two cents, you should sell that stock now."
There is some speculation as to
the origin of the idiom. Some believe that the phrase originates in
betting card games, such as poker. In these games, one must make a small
bet, or ante, before beginning play. Thus, the phrase makes an analogy
between entering the game and entering a conversation. However, there is
no documentary evidence of this being the origin of the idiom and as
such, is merely speculation. Other likely origins are that "my two
pennies worth" is derived from the much older 16th Century British
expression, "a penny for your thoughts". There is also some
belief that the idiom may have its origins in the early cost of postage
in Britain, the "two-penny post", where two pennies was the normal
charge of sending a letter containing one's words and thoughts or
feelings to someone.
Some believe that the phrase
really originates in the Bible when Jesus saw the rich putting their
gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very
little pennies. He said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put
in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of
their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
"Two cents" and its variations
may also be used in place of the noun "opinion" or the verb phrase "You
had to put your two cents in, didn't you?" or "But that's just my two
Now, you may have an idea of
that "my two cents" means.