Whatīs the general terms for those like piggy banks? What if itīs not a piggy?
In the US, we call all of those things "piggy banks" whether they are shaped like pigs or not.
I still call them to piggy banks. I used to have a piggy bank shaped like an elephant. I think any time it has an imaginative shape, it can be a piggy bank. I wouldn't necessarily call a black plastic box a piggy bank, though.
There are two possible origins of the term:
1:The name "piggy banks" is nothing to do with looking like a pig. It comes from a Middle English word - "pygg" - which meant a specific kind of clay used to make household jars and jugs. These could be used for putting your money into for safe-keeping. The spelling changed over time to "pig".
2: Pigs used to be a vital part of daily lives. Most people kept one, which ate all the household rubbish over the year and then provided enough meat to keep a family over the following year. So investing in a pig was a form of saving.
Dude, I have that elephant piggy bank err...pyggy bank. Was yours purple and covered with flower prints too? I swear, I kid you not.
Are you serious? No, I'm not kidding I'm staring at the bank as I type, I thought it was the most amusing coincidence.