Your articles of Words and More are very informative. As an American living in Palma I enjoy reading the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
I do have a comment reference your article of 1 July, 2015, “two bits, four bits”, and then the saying continues with “six bits a dollar”.
As a coin collector I noticed a discrepancy in your article. You are correct when you state the U. S. currency is based upon the Spanish pieces of eight which were called “Reales” but not “pesos”.
Pesos is a more modern currency but more importantly it was never a Spanish currency.