dylia wrote:Well, that's what you get for relying on cheerleaders for historical information. ;-) I actually tried to explain the history behind it to the cheerleading coach at my high school (who was a teacher herself & married to one of the history teachers) & got a very ditzy "But 8 doesn't come after 4; 6 does." *sigh*
The whole 8-bits-a-dollar thing is from the old Spanish "Pieces of 8" dollar coins. Each bit = $0.125. You could have 6 bits, but that would only give you $0.75 & that was quite a difference back then.
I'll take my nerd hat off now.
OK, I'm going to put on my pedant hat.
Cheerleader chant 1: 2,4,6,8 who do we appreciate? < mascot >! < mascot >! < mascot >!.
Cheerleader chant 2: 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar, all for < mascot > stand up and holler.
So....what I'm saying is, when counting by twos, 8 is the next logical progression after 6. Therefore, 8 bits being equivalent to a dollar, it follows that "a dollar" will come after "6 bits"