Woke up this morning wondering how many different words for “money” there were.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Big Ones
- Dead Presidents
- Fetti (short for “confetti”)
And then my favorite which I just stumbled across –> “Fun Tickets” Haha…
10 pts to anyone who works that into a convo today ;)
What I miss?
UPDATE: Here’s a bevy of more alternatives and slang words from the community:
- “Bag” or “Get that bag” – a reference to making/earning money that I’ve heard more and more recently.
- Bananas – “My sister and I use this all the time…1 banana = $100”
- Bits – “I remember my Dad talking about bits… Even had a rhyme: 2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits, a dollar… Based on the Spanish pieces of eight back in the colonial days.”
- Dollarines – from the movie “The Jerk.” (Pronounced dollar-ee-knees)
- Doubloons – “which sounds cooler out loud than it looks in print. It technically refers to Spanish gold coins but for real it’s the money language of pirates and buccaneers!”
- Fin – $5 bill
- Grease – like “greasing someone’s palm.”
- Pesa – “I travel a lot in Africa and they have a special payment system here called MPesa – where instead of having to have a bank account – money is deposited to your phone number – which you use to pay bills in a manner similar to internet banking. It was set up to allow the poor to transfer money/not have to use payday loan places/bank fees. Now payments from your MPesa phone account are encouraged everywhere – even the most posh club in Nairobi. And merchants like it because they don’t have the fee bite associated with credit cards. It is a real African success story that may get taken to North America. And it stands for M=mobile, Pesa= African for money.”
- Reddies – £50 notes (along with more specific terms like “squid” for a pound, “monkey” for £500, “carpet” for £300 and “pony” for £25
- Sawbucks – $10 bill.
- Semolians – I’m in my late 60s and I remember hearing it many decades ago. Here’s a website that attempts to explain it: http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sim1.htm
- Shinplasters – referred to paper money of low denomination back in the day
- Snap – “In Menace II Society a guy says, “Who got snap for some petro?””
- Trumps – “I am Brazilian, and whenever my parents or friends talk about the dollar, they refer to it as “trumps”. And before Trump was president, they used to call it “Obamas”. It is always weird be in a conversation where this comes in… (Ex.: “How many trumps does this computer cost?” Or “How many trumps did you pay for it?””
Thanks everyone! These are great! :)
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