Slang terms for money – Wikipedia

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Slang terms for money - Wikipedia

Slang phrases for cash typically derive from the looks and options of banknotes or cash, their values, historic associations or the items of forex involved. Inside a single language neighborhood a number of the slang phrases range throughout social, ethnic, financial, and geographic strata, however others have grow to be the dominant manner of referring to the forex and are considered mainstream, acceptable language (for instance, “buck” for a greenback or comparable forex in varied nations together with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria and the USA).


Present denominations[edit]

Australian {dollars} are also called “bucks”.

The five-cent coin is typically known as “shrapnel” because the smallest remaining coin in worth and bodily measurement. This nickname was inherited from one- and two-cent cash once they had been abolished in 1996.[1]

A twenty-dollar be aware is named a “lobster” due to its pink color.[2]

A fifty-dollar be aware can be identified colloquially as a “pineapple” or the “Large Pineapple” due to its yellow color.[3]

The $100 be aware is at the moment inexperienced and is understood colloquially as an “avocado” or “pistachio”, however between 1984 and 1996 it was gray, and was known as a gray nurse (a sort of shark). Lately it has been known as a “Boonie” on account of former Australian cricket participant David Boon. The reference is to the be aware’s inexperienced and yellow colouring, being “good for 100” and splendid moustache sported by Boon throughout his cricket profession. [4]

In a Simpsons episode set in Australia, one character used the time period “dollarydoos” which was later the topic of a failed petition to formally change the title of the Australian greenback.[5]

Former denominations[edit]

Pre-decimal forex in Australia had quite a lot of slang phrases for its varied denominations. The Australian threepence was known as a “trey” or a “trey bit”, a reputation in all probability derived from previous French which means three. The sixpence was sometimes called a “zack”, which was an Australian and New Zealander time period referring to a coin of small denomination, in all probability derived from Zecchino. The time period was additionally used to check with brief jail time period corresponding to six months. An Australian shilling, like its British counterpart, was generally known as a “bob”, and the florin was consequently often called “two bob”. Equally, one Australian pound was colloquially described as a “quid”, “fiddly”, or “saucepan”, the latter as rhyming slang for “saucepan lid/quid”. The five-pound be aware may very well be known as a “fiver”, or its derivatives, “deep sea diver” and “sky diver”.[citation needed]

A lot of post-decimal denominations which have since been discontinued had their very own nicknames. The 2-dollar be aware was often called the “sick sheep” in reference to its inexperienced color and the merino ram that it confirmed. The paper (first and second sequence) hundred-dollar be aware was nicknamed the “gray ghost”, “gray nurse”, or the “Bradman” in recognition of its proximity to the 99.94 batting common of cricketer Donald Bradman.[citation needed]

In Canada, the one-dollar coin is called the loonie. It is because it bears a picture of the frequent loon, a hen.

The 2-dollar coin is called the toonie, a portmanteau combining the quantity two with loonie. It’s often spelled twonie; Canadian newspapers and the Royal Canadian Mint use the toonie spelling.

Just like the USA 5 cent cash are known as nickel (as a result of steel it was made from), 10 cent cash are dimes, 25 cent cash are quarters or two bits. Greenback quantities are all additionally known as bucks.

A five-dollar be aware is understood colloquially as a fin, a fiver, or half a sawbuck.

A ten-dollar be aware is understood colloquially as a ten-spot, a dixie, or a sawbuck.

A twenty-dollar be aware is understood colloquially as QE2, or a Queen Sheet (after its portrait of Queen Elizabeth II).

A one hundred-dollar be aware is understood colloquially as a C-Notice, or a Borden (after its portrait of Prime Minister Robert Borden). $100.00 can be known as an onion in playing corners.[citation needed]

Since Canadians and People each check with their respective currencies as “the greenback,” and since the 2 international locations are likely to mingle each socially and within the media, there’s a number of overlap in slang phrases for cash. Nevertheless, this often solely extends to phrases that aren’t particular to at least one nation or the opposite. For instance, each Canadians and People check with a $100 be aware as a C-note, however an American may check with it as a Benjamin, after its portrait of Benjamin Franklin, whereas a Canadian may check with it as a Borden, after its portrait of Robert Borden.

Czech republic[edit]

Cash and banknotes are known as:
5 CZK coin is named bur
10 CZK coin is named pětka
100 CZK be aware is named kilo (reference to kilogram – weight unit)
500 CZK be aware is pětibába (reference to baba = lady on its face and pet == 5)
1000 CZK be aware is litr (reference to litre – quantity unit)
milion CZK is mega (apparent 10^6 SI unit prefix)
If somebody has large amount of cash, however not precise quantity is understood, it’s mentioned “je ve vatě” (he’s in cotton wool)
or it’s mentioned “je v balíku” (he is in a package deal – actually mentioned)


Since its introduction in 1999, various slang phrases for the euro have emerged, although variations between languages imply that they don’t seem to be frequent throughout the entire of the eurozone. Some phrases are inherited from the legacy currencies, corresponding to quid from the Irish pound and varied translations of fiver or tenner getting used for notes. The German Teuro is a play on the phrase teuer, which means ‘costly’. The Deutsche Mark by comparability was roughly price half as a lot because the euro (at a ratio of 1.95583:1) and a few grocers and eating places have been accused of making the most of the smaller numbers to extend their precise costs with the changeover by rounding to 2:1, in Portugal the identical has occurred and often use the time period “Aéreo” with the which means of “Aéreal”, the forex that flies away. In Flanders the decrease worth copper cash are often called koper (copper) or rosse (~ginger, referring to the color). Ege in Finland and Pavo (which is the standard Spanish translation of buck on films or TV reveals when it refers to {dollars}) in Spain are additionally phrases utilized to the euro.

In India slang names for cash are extra frequent than the forex notes. For five paisa (100 paisa is the same as 1 Indian rupee) it’s ‘panji’. A 10 paisa coin is named ‘dassi’ and for 20 paisa it’s ‘bissi’. A 25 paisa coin is named ‘chavanni’ (equal to Four annas) and 50 paisa is ‘athanni’ (Eight annas). Nevertheless, lately, as a consequence of inflation, the usage of these small worth cash has declined, and so has the usage of these slang phrases. The extra prevalent phrases now (significantly in Mumbai and in Bollywood films) are ‘peti’ for a Lakh (Rs. 100,000) and ‘khokha’ for a Crore (Rs. 10,000,000.) and ‘tijori’ for 100 crores (Rs. 1,000,000,000.) Peti additionally means suitcase, which is the amount wanted to hold a Lakh of forex notes. Tijori means a big secure or a cabinet, which might be the approximate area required to retailer that cash in money kind. Because of the actual property increase in latest instances, businessmen additionally use the phrases ‘2CR’ or ‘3CR’ referring to 2 crores and three crores respectively.


In Argentina, among the many years and regardless of many devaluation milestones, the lunfardo managed to persist in time some particular nicknames to sure amount of cash, not as a result of coloration or kind of the invoice however to totally different meanings and makes use of.

Senior folks above 65 now (earlier to baby-boomer era) used to name “guita” to the cash of low denomination of cents (‘centavos’), like 2, 5 or 10 cent cash. So “10 guita” meant 10 cents of peso. As we speak the cents are nonetheless authorized however non-existent. The phrase “guita” in lunfardo is synonim for “cash”.

Through the brief interval of the “Austral” which changed the normal “Peso” financial invoice, after the interval known as ‘soiled struggle’ (between 1983 and 1990) and within the latest years after yr 2.000, folks used to name “palo” (stick) to the “million” of australes or pesos, so “2 palos” refers to 2 million pesos.

For the final 20 years or extra, after yr 1997 at the very least, and through the federal government of president Menem, as in all probability the hiatus of the pre-devaluation period earlier than yr 2000, and even at present folks obtained used to name “luca” to hundreds of pesos, so “5 lucas” it means 5 thousand pesos. Lucas, is a typical masculine title among the many X Era in Argentina.

Then one other nickname for the singular peso is “mango”, however no person would name 35.000 “mangos” once they can say 35 “lucas”. Additionally no person would say 1.000 “lucas” once they can merely say 1 “palo” (1 million pesos)

The mexican coin is named peso
0.5 MXN coin is named toston
10 MXN coin is named Diego
20 MXN invoice is named Benito or Beny
200 MXN invoice is named Juana
1000 MXN invoice is named Miguelito

In Kenya there are about 42 totally different languages, which have totally different dialects and indigenous names for cash, along with the official Nationwide languages of Swahili and English. In English, Kenyan forex is a Shilling whereas in Swahili it’s “Shilingi.” (Certainly, all East African international locations check with their cash as Shillings.[citation needed])

Different notable names embody:

Slang time period Bantu-dialect nilotic-dialect
chapaa, pesa, munde, mundez, mulla, dough, ganji, cheddaz, cheddar/mkwanja Mbesha Otongloh/Mafarangah

As well as, youth have a sub-culture road language for the totally different denominations. Utilizing the road slang (sheng), urbanites typically amalgamate Swahili, English, and their mother-tongue to concoct meanings and names for the totally different denominations. Among the many generally used phrases are:

Picture Denomination designation Nickname pronunciation
Cash .01ct ndururu
.10ct peni
.50ct sumuni
1.00 Ksh.1 bob/1bob (wan bob)shilingi
2.00 Kshs.2
Coin & Notes 5.00 Kshs.5 Ngovo/Guoko/kobuang’/kobole
10.00 Kshs.10 hashu/ikongo/kindee
20.00 Kshs.20 dhanashara/mbao/blue
Coin 40.00 Kshs.40 Jongo/Kiroosi Jongo ya tefo/Ki-roo-see

(disambiguation for certainly one of fmr Pres. Kibaki’s wives: Mama Lucy Kibaki)

Notes 50.00 Kshs.50 hamsa/hamsini/finje/chuani/nich
100.00 Kshs.100 mia/soo/oss/pink/kioo
200.00 Kshs.200 soo mbili/soo mbeh/rwabe
500.00 Kshs.500 5 soc soo tano/punch/jirongo
1000.00 Kshs.1000 1K a thao/tenga/ngiri/ngwanye/bramba/ndovu/muti/kapaa/kei(for letter ‘Okay’)

gee(for letter ‘G’)


(does not exist in notation)

Kshs.1,000,000 1mitre mita moja

In writing, cash is denoted by “Kshs” earlier than or the slang notation “/=” after. For examples, Kshs.1.00 is one-bob, whereas 5,000/= is five-Kei.

Corruption is rampant within the Kenyan authorities,[6][7] and corrupt officers in authorities companies typically check with illicit kickbacks as “chickens” to keep away from anti-corruption and cash laundering enforcement.[8]


In Malaysia there’s a distinction between states of their names for cash. Usually “cents” are known as “sen”, however within the northern area (Penang, Kedah, Perlis) “sen” are known as “kupang” and the “det” (pronounce date) means cash. For instance, “weh aku takdak det”
and 50 sen/cents is named 5 kupang and never 50 kupang.

Within the East Coast Area ( Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang), they nonetheless used sen. However just for the worth of 50 cents, they exchange it with the phrase se-amah ( the place “se” refer to at least one in Malay), if it is RM 1 (100 cents), will probably be known as dua-amah ( “Dua” is 2 in Malay), and so forth.

And, solely in Kelantan, they do not refer the worth of cash in “ringgit”, for instance, in different states, RM 10 is named 10 ringgit, RM 25 is named 25 ringgit and so forth. However, in Kelantan, they changed the phrase “ringgit” with “riyal”, for instance, RM 10 is often known as 10 ringgit, however in Kelantan, it is known as 10 riyal. This is perhaps as a result of Kelantan is an “Islamic state” on which the administration of the state is generally by ulama.[citation needed]

The Russian language has slang phrases for varied quantities of cash. Slang names of copeck cash derive from previous Russian pre-decimal cash and are not often in use at present: an “altyn” is three copecks, a “grivennik” is ten copecks, a “pyatialtynny” (“five-altyns”) is fifteen copecks, and a “dvugrivenny” (“two-grivenniks”) is 20 copecks. Most of those cash are of Soviet mint and now not used; solely the ten copeck coin stays in circulation.

The phrase “chervonets” means ten rubles and refers to an early 20th-century gold coin of the identical title. Additionally it is known as “chirik” (a diminutive for chervonets). The phrases for financial institution notes from 50 to 1000 rubles are the most recent and most fashionable, since at the moment (2000s-2010s) financial institution notes of this worth are most typical in circulation. 50 rubles are known as “poltinnik” (an previous phrase that initially meant 50 copecks), 100 rubles are known as “stol’nik” (a neologism from the Russian phrase “sto”, which means 100, not associated to the Muscovite workplace of the identical title), 500 rubles are known as “pyatihatka” (lit. “5 huts”), “fiolet” (“violet”, due to the be aware’s coloration ), and 1000 rubles are known as “shtuka” (“factor”), “kusok” (“piece”) or “kosar'” (“mower”).

Slang phrases for larger quantities of cash originate from the 1990s and the Russian Civil Warfare eras, when the ruble was struggling hyperinflation. The commonest are “limon” (lemon) for 1,000,000 rubles and “arbuz” (watermelon) for a billion rubles.


From 1993 to 2008, Slovakia used its personal forex, slovenská koruna (Slovak crown), as an alternative of Euro. Throughout this era, slang phrases for larger quantities of cash had been established, together with “kilo” (slang for kilogram) for 100 crowns,[9] “liter” (liter) for one thousand crowns[10] and “melón” (melon) for a million crowns.[11] These slang phrases are nonetheless used after 2008, albeit much less often.

South Africa[edit]

Decimal forex was launched in 1961, when the South African pound, beforehand primarily based on the UK forex, was changed by the rand (image R) on the fee of two rand to 1 pound, or 10 shillings to the rand. Thus the UK time period “bob” for a shilling equates to 10 cents.

South African slang for varied quantities of cash borrows many phrases from the remainder of the English talking world, such because the phrase “grand” when referring to R1,000. Different phrases are distinctive to South Africa, such because the time period “choc” when referring to a R20 be aware. One “bar” refers to an quantity of R1,000,000.

Among the many English talking communities “Bucks” is usually used to check with Rands (South African Foreign money). Much less generally used is the Afrikaans slang for Rands which is “Bokke”, the plural of Bok; The Afrikaans phrase for antelope (“Bucks” being the English equal), derived from the Springbok picture on the previous R 1 coin. e.g. R 100 = 100 Bucks/Bokke, R 5 = 5 Bucks/Bokke and so forth.

Time period Denomination Designation Origin
2 Bob .20 a 20 cent coin United Kingdom 2 shillings
5 Bob .50 a 50 cent coin United Kingdom 5 shillings
Boice 2 a R2 coin township slang
Tiger 10 a R10 be aware township slang
Chocko 20 a R20 be aware township slang
5 Tiger 50 a R50 be aware township slang
Pinkies as a result of be aware’s color
Jacket township slang
1 Sheet 100 a R100 be aware township slang
Clipa 100 a R100 township slang
Stena an quantity of R1,000 from the township phrase for brick
Grand an quantity of R1,000 United Kingdom
Bar an quantity of R1,000,000 Durban slang
Meter 1,000,000 an quantity of R1,000,000 township slang



5 cent : centoe, kleingeld, stuiver (in Amsterdam “bijssie”)

10 cents: dubbeltje (double stuiver) “duppie”

25 cents: kwartje (1 / 4 of a euro) (in Amsterdam “heitje”)

1 euro : uru, djara, ballen (pleural), e, ekkie, pop (Beforehand when it was 1 Guilder – “piek”)

2.5 Guilders” rijksdaalder (in Amsterdam “knaak”)

5 euro: lotto, vijfje (“fiver”)

10 euro: donnie, tientje (“tenner”), joet (after yodh, the tenth letter within the Hebrew alphabet) – (in Amsterdam “joet”)

25 euro: twaja donnie, geeltje (“yellow one”, the previous guilder banknote was yellow from 1861 till 1909) There isn’t a 25 Euro invoice; solely a 20 Euro)

50 euro: bankoe

100 euro: barkie, meier (after mea, Hebrew for 100), mud (unit of quantity, derived from Latin modius; was 100 litres after 1820), snip (the previous guilder banknote as soon as had a snipe on it) –

1000 euro: doezoe, rooie/rooie rug/rug (“pink one, pink again, again”, the previous guilder banknote as soon as had a pink bottom), kop (“head”)

100.000 euro: ton

1.000.000 euro: milli

New Zealand[edit]

In New Zealand one greenback and two greenback cash are sometimes called “gold cash”. This presumably comes from the time period “gold coin donation”, which is extensively utilized in New Zealand in faculties on days corresponding to mufti day and in a Koha[citation needed].

In Sweden cash normally is colloquially referred to by the phrases stålar, deg (“dough”) or klöver (“clover”) and the English loanword money. Slang phrases for the Swedish krona in use at present embody spänn and bagis. Riksdaler (referring riksdaler, the previous Swedish forex) continues to be used as a colloquial time period for the krona in Sweden.[12] A 20-kronor banknote is typically known as selma, referring to the portrait of Selma Lagerlöf on the older model of the be aware.

100-kronor banknote is named hunka and is a wordplay of the phrase ”hundring” which means hundred, 50 is due to this fact halvhunka and 200 is dubbelhunka. 200 is to a lesser extent additionally known as ”gröning” (green-ing) as a result of inexperienced coloration of the banknote, nevertheless this may be complicated as ”gröning” can be a slang for a gram marijuana.
500 is referred as röding (”salvelinus”), ”röd” which means pink refers back to the coloration of the banknote.
1000 is named lax (”Salmon”) as a result of the older 1000 banknotes had been pink/orange just like the meat of salmon, lesser used phrases are: lök (onion) and lakan (sheets).
10.000 is named skjorta (shirt) nevertheless it is just used within the wealthy components of Stockholm.
1.000.000 is named kanin (rabbit) and derive from the egyptian arabic time period had been additionally they name 1 million for rabbit and in additional informal speech ”mille” which is a shortened model of ”miljon”.

Within the southern a part of Sweden, the components that initially belonged to Denmark ( counties are Halland, Blekinge, Skåne) till the mid 1600, you can even use the phrase spänn for cash. If you happen to take away the umlauts within the phrase it can imply bucket within the county Skåne in Sweden. In the remainder of Sweden the bucket phrase is hink. The phrase spann comes from the time when Skåne belonged to Denmark (there are a number of extra phrases that differs from the south to the north, however we are actually discussing slang for cash.)

The expression above would then be …det kostar 10 spänn… it prices 10 kronor. (The umlauts listed here are pronounced a brief e – [spenn])

United Kingdom[edit]

The Nails in Bristol, over which money transactions had been made

Prepared cash (i.e. obtainable money) has been referred to in the UK as “dosh” since[13] at the very least 1953; Brewer equates this time period with “paying by means of the nostril”, dosh being a Russian-Jewish prefix referring to the nostril, that’s, paying in money.[14] The phrase itself “prepared cash” has additionally given rise to the way more standard “readies”, although there’s debate as as to if that is an apparent reference to the speedy availability of the forex or the pink and white color of the British ten shilling Treasury be aware of 1914. The associated time period “money on the nail” is alleged to check with 17th century buying and selling stands in Bristol and elsewhere, over which offers had been accomplished and money modified fingers.[15] Different normal phrases for cash embody “bread” (Cockney rhyming slang ‘bread & honey’, cash. This additionally grew to become dough, by derivation from the identical root), “cabbage”, “clam”, “milk”, “dosh”, “dough”, “shillings”, “frogskins”, “notes”, “ducats”, “loot”, “bones”, “bar”, “coin”, “folding stuff”, “honk”, “lolly”, “lucre”/”filthy “Lucre”, “moola/moolah”, “mazuma”, “paper”, “scratch”, “readies”, “spondulicks/spondoolic(ok)s/spondulix/spondoolies”, and “wonga”.

Quid (singular and plural) is used for pound sterling or £, in British slang. It’s thought to derive from the Latin phrase “quid professional quo”.[16] A pound (£1) can also be known as a “nicker” or “nugget” (rarer).

Another pre-decimalisation United Kingdom cash or denominations grew to become generally identified by colloquial and slang phrases, maybe essentially the most well-known being “bob” for a shilling. A farthing was a “magazine”, a silver threepence was a “joey”, and the later nickel-brass threepence was known as a “threepenny bit” (, or ); a sixpence was a “tanner”, the two-shilling coin or florin was a “two-bob bit”, the 2 shillings and sixpence coin or half-crown was a “half greenback” and the crown was a “greenback”. Slang phrases should not typically used for the decimal cash that changed them however in some components of the nation, “bob” continues to signify one-twentieth of a pound, that’s 5 new pence, and two bob is 10p. For all denominations “p” is used for pence.

In the UK the time period “shrapnel” could also be used for an inconvenient pocketful of free change due to the affiliation with a shrapnel shell and “wad” or “wedge” for a bundle of banknotes, with “tightwad” a derogatory time period for somebody who’s reluctant to spend cash. Just like ” shrapnel” the usage of “washers” in Scotland denotes a amount of low worth coinage. Portions of UK 1p and 2p cash could also be known as “Copper”, 5p, 10p, 20p, and 50p cash as “Silver” and £1 and £2 cash as “Bronze” as a consequence of their color and obvious base steel kind. “Brass” is northern English slang for any amount of cash.

The one pound be aware nonetheless in circulation in Scotland is often known as a “Sheet” and thus the ten shilling be aware as a “Half Sheet”. Extra generally the ten shilling be aware was a “ten bob be aware” or, in London, “half a bar”.
“As bent as a 9 bob be aware” is or was frequent colloquial phrase used to explain one thing or somebody crooked or counterfeit.

In pub tradition 5 and ten pound notes are typically known as “blue beer tokens” and “brown beer tokens” respectively.

Pretty latest additions are a “Winston” for £5 (from the picture of Winston Churchill on the again of the brand new be aware launched in 2016), and “bullseye” for £50 (from the factors worth of the bullseye on a darts board)[citation needed].

£5 is named a “fiver”. A “tenner” is £10. A “Darwin” additionally refers to a £10 be aware, as a result of picture of Charles Darwin on the again (issued from 7 November 2000 and withdrawn from circulation on 1 March 2018). £20 is typically known as a “rating”. A “pony” equals £25. A “bullseye” is £50.
£100 is typically known as a “ton” e.g. £400 can be known as Four ton. Additionally, a “century” or a “invoice” are additionally used as £100 (e.g. £300 can be three payments). A “monkey” is £500.
£1,000 is usually known as a grand, e.g., £4,000 can be known as Four grand, or not often in sure dialects as a “bag” (from the rhyming slang “Bag of Sand”), e.g., £4,000 can be known as Four luggage.
A “oner” (one-er) has referred to varied quantities from one shilling to a pound, to now which means £100 or £1,000, and a “massive one” denoting £1,000. A “oncer” referred significantly to a one-pound be aware, now defunct.[citation needed]

Different rhyming slang expressions for explicit portions of cash in the UK embody: “Girl Godiva” for a fiver (£5), or a “Jacks” – Jackson 5 (extraordinarily uncommon) and “diver” for pearl diver (frequent Glasgow utilization). A “Cockle” is £10 – Cock and Hen — ten (additionally “Ayrton”, from Ayrton Senna/Tenner). A “Bobby” is £20 – Bobby Moore (rating).

In London monetary tradition, a billion kilos or, extra typically, US {dollars}, is known as a ‘yard’. This derives from the previous British English phrase for a thousand million, a milliard, which has now been changed by the ‘brief scale’ title ‘billion’ from US English. The time period ‘million’ for 1,000,000 kilos or {dollars} is usually dropped when it’s clear from context. E.g. “He made three quid final yr” would imply “He earned three million kilos”. “They handle 100 bucks” implies that they’ve property of 100 million US {dollars}.

United States[edit]

Common phrases embody:

  • bread
  • bucks
  • cheddar
  • cheese
  • dough
  • loot[17]
  • moolah
  • paper
  • samolians or simoleons[18]
  • smackers
  • smackeroonies
  • stash

Outdated or not often used phrases embody:

  • bones
  • cabbage
  • cake
  • celery
  • cheese
  • chips
  • clams
  • ducats
  • grease
  • guap
  • lettuce
  • salad
  • scratch
  • scrill
  • scrilla
  • spondulix (a mispronunciation of spinach)
  • tamales

U.S. coinage nicknames replicate their worth, composition and custom.

  • The “ONE CENT” coin ($0.01 or 1¢) is usually known as a penny as a consequence of historic comparability with the British penny. Older U.S. pennies, previous to 1982, are typically known as “coppers” as a consequence of being made from 95% copper. Pennies dated 1909–1958, displaying wheat stalks on the reverse, are typically known as “wheaties” or “wheat-backs”, whereas 1943 metal wheat cents are typically nicknamed “steelies”.
  • The “FIVE CENTS” coin ($0.05 or 5¢) is usually known as a nickel as a consequence of being made from 25% nickel since 1866. Nickels minted between 1942 and 1945 are nicknamed ‘struggle nickels’ owing to their totally different steel content material, eradicating the nickel for a combination of silver, copper and manganese.
  • The “ONE DIME” coin ($0.10 or 10¢) is price ten cents and is named a dime.
  • The “QUARTER DOLLAR” coin ($0.25 or 25¢) is price twenty-five cents and is usually known as 1 / 4. 1 / 4 was known as two-bits (see beneath), however that is falling out of use.
  • The “HALF DOLLAR” coin ($0.50 or 50¢) is price fifty cents and is usually known as a “fifty-cent piece”.

Dimes and quarters was typically collectively known as “silver” as a consequence of their historic composition of 90% silver previous to 1965.

A bit is an antiquated time period equal to at least one eighth of a greenback or ​12 12 cents, after the Spanish 8-Actual “piece of eight” coin on which the U.S. greenback was initially primarily based. So “two bits” is twenty-five cents; smilarly, “4 bits” is fifty cents. Extra uncommon are “six bits” (75 cents) and “eight bits” which means a greenback. These are generally known as two-bit, four-bit, six-bit and eight-bit.[19]

U.S. banknote nicknames replicate their values (corresponding to 5, twenty, and so forth.), the topics depicted on them and their coloration.

  • $1 invoice (ONE DOLLAR) is typically known as a “single,” a “buck,” a “simoleon” or not often an “ace”[citation needed]. The greenback has additionally been known as a “bean” or “bone” (e.g. twenty bones is the same as $20).
  • $2 invoice is typically known as a “deuce” or a “Tom”[citation needed].
  • $5 invoice has been known as a “fin”, “fiver” or “five-spot”.[20]
  • $10 invoice is a “sawbuck”, a “ten-spot”, or a “Hamilton”.
  • $20 invoice as a “Jackson”, or a “dub”, or a “double sawbuck”.
  • Amongst horse-race gamblers, the $50 invoice is named a “frog” and is taken into account unfortunate. It’s typically known as a “Grant.”
  • $100 invoice is often “C-note” (C being the Roman numeral for 100, from the Latin phrase centum) or “century be aware”; it may also be known as a “Benjamin” or “Benny” (after Benjamin Franklin, who’s pictured on the be aware), or a “yard” (so $300 is “three yards” and a $50 invoice is a “half a yard”). “A rack” is $10,000 within the type of 100 $100 payments, banded by a financial institution or in any other case.
  • $1000 notes are often known as “massive” (“twenty massive” being $20,000, and so forth.). In slang, a thousand {dollars} can also be known as a “grand” or “G”, “Okay” (as in kilo), or a “stack”, a “bozo”, in addition to a “band” . For instance, “The repairs to my automotive price me a pair grand” or “The repairs to my automotive price me a pair [of] stacks”.
  • $100,000 US {dollars} is named a “brick” or a “honey bun”.

Banknotes could also be collectively known as “useless Presidents”, though neither Alexander Hamilton ($10) nor Benjamin Franklin ($100) was President. These are additionally known as “wallet-sized portraits of Presidents” – referencing the truth that folks usually carry photos of their wallets.

“Dollar” initially utilized particularly to the 19th century Demand Notice {dollars} created by Abraham Lincoln to finance the prices of the American Civil Warfare for the North. The unique be aware was printed in black and inexperienced on the again facet. It’s nonetheless used to check with the U.S. greenback (however to not the {dollars} of different international locations).

Different extra normal phrases for cash, not particularly linked to precise banknotes:

  • Financial items bigger than 1 greenback are sometimes referred to by the names of their coin counterparts: $5 is a “nickel,” $10 is a “dime,” and $25 is a “quarter.”
  • A 100 greenback invoice may also be known as a buck, or a “greenback”, however since a buck can be used for one greenback, the context must be clear (this continues the sample of referring to values by the coin counterpart).
  • 1,000,000 {dollars} is typically known as a “rock,” popularized by a number of TV reveals and flicks, most not too long ago The Sopranos: in a single episode Tony Soprano states, “So adjusting for inflation I am taking a look at half a rock?” In a separate episode Soprano states: “This entire factor goes to price me near a rock.” One other slang time period for 1,000,000 {dollars} is an “M”, as utilized in rap songs. Monetary establishments and purposes will typically use “MM” when writing shorthand for 1,000,000 {dollars}, as 1,000,000 is the product of the Roman numeral “M” (1000) instances itself. Extra frequent utilization is a “mil”.
  • A “yard” is a monetary time period for one billion {dollars}, deriving from the phrase “milliard,” which is utilized in some European languages and is equal to the primary billion utilized in American English.

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    ‘Rhinocersorial’, too, which means ‘Solvent, is one other reference to the nostril. ‘George Barnwell’, a poem, within the 1813 ebook, ‘Rejected Addresses’ makes use of it about an “Uncle” who refused “Georgy” the ‘rhino’. Brewer, 1978, p.1053 “Some, as I do know, Have parted with their prepared rhino” – The Seaman’s Adieu (1670)

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