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    Slang words for money

    Hi,

    There are many slang words for money, such as:

    dosh, dough, foldable-stuff, greenback, moolah, notes, readies, and smackers,etc.

    Which are commonly or usually used in daily life? And what are the differences between them?

    Thank you !

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    Re: Slang words for money

    So much depends on who is using the terms and in what contexts. Some of the examples you give appear dated to me, but thay may not appear so to others.

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    Re: Slang words for money

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    So much depends on who is using the terms and in what contexts. Some of the examples you give appear dated to me, but thay may not appear so to others.
    Thank you!, but which would you possibly prefer to use when you speak? Or you have your own choice, please kindly explain. Ta!

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    Re: Slang words for money

    Personally, I use "dosh" and "wonga" though I wouldn't use the latter very often. I have no idea if those are regional, or even if they're only used in BrE.

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    Re: Slang words for money

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Personally, I use "dosh" and "wonga" though I wouldn't use the latter very often. I have no idea if those are regional, or even if they're only used in BrE.
    I hve never heard 'wonga'. I am the boring sort of person who refers to 'money' as 'money'.

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    Re: Slang words for money

    Wonga was popular a few years ago, but has gone again, though it's been around for a long time. I think it may have come back with the attempted coup by Simon Mann as they had a wonga list.

    Spondoolies/spondoolas/spondoolicks (or spondulicks, etc)were also doing the rounds a while back.

    I haven't heard a new term for a while. Maybe it's because no one in the UK has any money at the moment.
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    Re: Slang words for money

    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION

    Some years ago in the United States, some people started to call paper money "dead presidents"

    because some denominations have pictures of deceased presidents ($1 bill has President Washington;

    $5 bill has President Lincoln; $20 bill has President Jackson; $50 bill has President Grant. I cannot

    tell you about the other denominations, for I am a poor person who has never seen higher

    denominations). But this slang word did not last very long. For some reason, it never "caught on"

    (become popular).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION

    Some years ago in the United States, some people started to call paper money "dead presidents"

    because some denominations have pictures of deceased presidents ($1 bill has President Washington;

    $5 bill has President Lincoln; $20 bill has President Jackson; $50 bill has President Grant. I cannot

    tell you about the other denominations, for I am a poor person who has never seen higher

    denominations). But this slang word did not last very long. For some reason, it never "caught on"

    (become popular).
    Thank you for your explanation!

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    Re: Slang words for money

    I think "wonga" is making a bit of a comeback, partly due to the dreadful money-lending website "Wonga.com" which advertises every 10 minutes on daytime TV (er, or so I'm told! )

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    Re: Slang words for money

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION

    Some years ago in the United States, some people started to call paper money "dead presidents"

    because some denominations have pictures of deceased presidents ($1 bill has President Washington;

    $5 bill has President Lincoln; $20 bill has President Jackson; $50 bill has President Grant. I cannot

    tell you about the other denominations, for I am a poor person who has never seen higher

    denominations). But this slang word did not last very long. For some reason, it never "caught on"

    (become popular).
    Isn't a hundred-dollar bill called a Benjamin? That's what I heard, though I've never been to the States and have never heard it used.

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