“Costs a pretty penny”

I have read “costs a pretty penny” before.

Is it okay if I instead use “costs a pretty dollar” or “costs a pretty yen”?


Well, you can say anything you want, but the more remote or non-standard it is, the less likely you’ll be understood. I guess that’s almost too obvious to say. However, if you said costs a pretty dollar, you might get an askance look from people :-).

Pretty penny is an older colloquialism. Old enough that it is trite.

If you said that costs a pretty yen to me, I’d ask you “well how are things in Japan these days?” :))

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