The story of the piggy bank is interesting and a cute short little story that can be told to children if they happen to ask that question among the millions they ask growing up.
Every child at one point in their lives has a piggy bank. It teaches them to save those pennies they find and the loose change that might make it their way when grandparents come to visit. Today piggy banks come in all shapes, sizes and colors but that wasn’t always the case.
In Europe many, many years ago dishes and cookware pieces were made out of a dense orange clay material. This material was called “pygg”. Jars were also made from this material and then became known as “pygg banks”.
Some unknown time later an English potter misunderstood when asked if he could make some “pygg banks” and created a container that looked just like a pig. When the potter heard the work “pygg” he translated to his way of speaking and thought they wanted a jar that looked like the animal (“pigge”) as it was spelled back over 600 years ago when it was pronounced. The look and name caught on and “pygg banks” later became known as “piggy banks”. From then on most of the banks used to save coins were shaped like pigs.
Did you have a piggy bank when you grew up?
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