Today’s comic is Mimi & Eunice featuring a common expression in English.
“Penny for your thoughts?” – Eunice to Mimi
“One lousy penny? What kind of incentive is that?! I don’t think without proper compensation!”
– Mimi to Eunice
What is going on?
Eunice would like to know what Mimi is thinking. Mimi takes Eunice’s expression too literally. Mimi believes her thoughts are worth more than 1 cent (a penny).
She will not tell Eunice what is on her mind (what she is thinking) without more money (proper compensation).
Penny for your thoughts?
The phrase, “penny for your thoughts?”, is a common way for people to ask others who are in deep thought what they are thinking. The expression is meant to lighten the mood when one is very serious or worried.
Penny for your thoughts? = What are you thinking?/Tell me what you are thinking?
You do not actually pay anyone any money when you use this expression. The phrase is meant to show concern and that your ideas and worries are just as important as anyone else’s.