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alexz commented on the word wooden nickels
Don't take any wooden nickels.
I suspect that this saying evolved from "Don't take any wooden nutmegs" from page 3 of Punch Magazine c. 1884
The National Cyclopedia of American Biography: Current volume - Volume 2 - Page 110
1891 - Snippet view - More editions
"This was accomplished by delivering to any such person a wooden nickel at the time of each visit to the bank. When each customer had accumulated twenty wooden nickels, he could present them at the bank and receive $1.00 in exchange."
April 30, 2013