This conversation really happened at Newark International Airport (New Jersey), when I stopped at a shop to buy a bottle of water –
Cashier: What’s them strange coins you got in your hands – what country are they from?
Me: Uh, Canada. That’s our one-dollar coin.
Cashier: Right – them’s strange coins. And they have a strange name, too, like “duck” or something.
Me (trying really hard not to laugh): Uh, actually they’re called loonies.
Cashier: Right, right. And you have something like a double-loonie too.
Me: Uh, yeah – they’re called toonies.
Cashier: Right, right. Man, them’s strange coins you have.
And thus the adventure began…