Pygg or pig?

Interesting piece of information I learned today.

Who ever thought of calling a piggy bank a piggy bank? Turns out that back in ancient times a wad of clay was called “pygg.”

People made bowls our of this pygg, and some formed the habit of using pygg bowls as places to put loose change.

Years passed and there was a potter who received an order to make pygg money banks. This potter was for whatever reason unfamiliar with what this meant, so he fashioned a ceramic bank in the shape of a pig.

It became quite a success.

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