Tag: money

The origin of quid

What’s up with ‘quid’?

Bread, bones, clams, dough, and moolah: we have a lot of slang terms for money in the English language, to name just a few, er, noteworthy examples. Specific currencies have their own nicknames, too, of course. The Australian and American dollar, for example, often go by ‘buck’, which probably calls back the use of buckskins […]

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Shakespeare and money

Quiz: Shakespeare and money

Shakespeare’s characters often spoke about money – but do you know who said what? Take our quiz and see how well you do…   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest writer in the English language. His vast collection of work includes sonnets, comedies, historical plays, great […]

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Video: what are the origins of the dollar, pound, and yen symbols?

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There are many tree idioms in English.

Tree idioms and phrases

Let’s have a look at some phrases and idioms inspired by trees. Out on a limb Chances are, unless you’re a tree surgeon or horticulturist, that the word limb makes you think first of arms and legs. If you’ve ever tried to rationalize the expression out on a limb (which means ‘in a position where one […]

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The bulls and bears of Wall Street are just two of the better known financial animals

The bulls and bears (and other animals) of Wall Street

The finance world famously has almost a language all of its own, ranging from complex financial jargon to the playful slang of the stock market. What that means is that within the thicket of terms like VaR, backwardation, contango, tranche, and junk bond, we find some familiar animal friends — although often in some strange […]

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money coins

How did bread, cheese, and dough come to mean money?

Back in the day, the hip-hop duo OutKast released a song called “Aquemini” that goes: Street scholars that’s majoring in culinary arts, you know, how to work the bread, cheese, and dough from scratch This is a little André wordplay, talking about hustlers out to earn their pay. When I heard this and clocked the […]

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currencies

Origins of currencies: from jagged edges to flowers

A fistful of dollars The dollar is one of the most common currencies in the world used by the US, Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, and Singapore to name a few. The origin of the dollar, also the Slovenian tolar, is from a coin called the Joachimsthaler, shortened to Thaler (or daler in early Flemish […]

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piggy bank

Quiz: how well do you speak money?

When the US Congress passed the original National Currency Act on February 25, 1863, a single currency for the United States of America was established for the first time. This momentous event not only brought the nation together economically, it also ushered in completely new and dynamic ways to talk about money. The Oxford English […]

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