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9 Insane but True Facts about Currency

CXI December 6th, 2016
9 Insane but True Facts about Currency


Did you know slang has been used to describe money for centuries? Giving us a wide range of expressions to use in reference to currency.

There's many slang expressions you've probably never heard of before. Here's a full list of 9 currency terms, the country of the term's origin, and its meaning.


1. Boodle - Origin: United States/United Kingdom

Meaning: UK/US term for ill-gotten gains. Originates from the Dutch ‘bodel’, meaning property or estate.


2. Brass - Origin: United Kingdom

Meaning: Northern English slang for money. Derived from "Where there's muck, there's brass”, in reference to scrap dealers.


3. Buck - Origin: United States

Meaning: One dollar. Derived from Pioneer times, when deer (or 'buck') skins were used as currency.


4. Cheese - Origin: United States

Meaning: Slang term for money. Derived from the fact Americans on welfare used to receive cheese as part of their benefits.


5. Monkey - Origin: United Kingdom by India

Meaning: London slang for £500. Derived from the 500 India Rupee banknote, which featured a monkey.


6. Quid - Origin: United Kingdom

Meaning: One British Pound. Derived from the Latin Quid Pro Quo, meaning 'one thing in exchange for another'.


7. Spondoolicks - Origin: United States/Ancient Greece

Meaning: Slang for money. Derived from the Greek Spondulys, meaning 'Shell', which were widely used as currency in ancient times.


8. Tudse - Origin: Denmark

Meaning: Danish for a 1,000Kr note, or a Tusind krone seddel. Tusind is then shortened to Tudse, which means ‘Toad’ in Danish.


9. Wonga - Origin: United Kingdom

Meaning: Slang for money. Derived from the Romani Wongar, meaning 'coal', which itself was used as slang for money in the 18th and 19th century.






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