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In our last What in the Word?!, we saw how German goblins, called Kobolds, gave their name to the element cobalt. Centuries back, miners in the mountains of northern Germany dug up cobalt-rich ore that misleadingly looked like silver. They blamed the deception – superstitiously or facetiously – on those mythical, mischievous Kobolds. But the […]more
On the Weekly Word Watch, its love at first… etymology. Let’s kick things off with the big news about Prince Harry and Megan Markle – or #Harkle, as some our blending the newly engaged super-couple. Engagement Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle sent hearts and social media feeds aflutter when they announced their engagement […]more
In ages past, if a skilled worker was worth his salt he was sure to be rewarded with an allowance to buy just that: salt. These days, our sterling efforts are rewarded with a bit more than such a modest allowance – a salary no less. But our modern-day payslips are not so far removed […]more
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 […]more
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 […]more
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 […]more