The Nicknames of our Currencies!

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@Inlemay (17323)
South Africa
May 31, 2016 1:43am CST
In my previous post I shared that today will be the last day to make a 'buck' . . being a dollar . . . . The buck part coming from the American slang for their one dollar note. ~ "buck" for a dollar or similar currency in various nations including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nigeria and the United States ~ Australian seem to have given each on of their currencies a nickname: Lets go with a few . . . A Five Dollar note is known as a Fairy Floss, Galah, Skydiver, Pink Lady, Pink Snapper, Prawn, Piglet & Rasher - very strange and whats even stranger is where they come from. The 'One Hundred Dollar Polymer Note' comes up trumps! Also known as a Granny Smith, Hundo, Hungee, Pistachio, Gorilla, Jolly Green Giant, Green Soldier (Monash portrait), Green Phantom, Fat Lady (portrait of Dame Nellie Melba), Avocado, Watermelon, Cabbage Leaf, Lettuce Leaf (or just Lettuce), Apple, Choko, Mouldy Oldie, Green Tree Frog, Crocodile, Grasshopper, Peppermint and Hen's Tooth (as in rare as Hen's Teeth), Ten-Thousand-Cent-a (there are one hundred cents in the dollar), Big Bad Baby Boy (Nellie Melba's boxing name), Johnny Monny's Sweet Sweet Dime (named for John Monash's infamous catch phrase), a Gramble, Twenty Dollars (origins unknown), One Hundred Dollarydoos, a 'Malcolm', a Lime (a part of the fruit naming convention) and The Most Worthy Rectangle." It is my concern that whenever I visit Australia, I would need to know all these terms otherwise I am going to loose a FAT LADY instead of giving a PINK Lady? In South Africa the most obvious and used terms are: A Bob for a 20 cent, (old English) but soon that poor little currency might be a thing of the past. A Grand for R1000 - thats my favourtie - wish I had a Grand! If you want to know more about the strange nicknames for money are - take a look at the Wikipedia on Currencies Nicknames! You will find it most interesting. How do you describe your currencies in your country?
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@acelawrites (10625)
• Philippines
31 May 16
So we are earning a Pink lady, Pink Snapper, Prawn, Piglet, etc from myLot. That's interesting. Thanks for your research.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
you are welcome - yes - we are earning all those cute little names this month on MyLot - lets hope we all get there!
@JudyEv (96241)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 May 16
I don't know where Wikipedia got those Australian names from but virtually none of them are familiar to me! Not one! Maybe I've been in a cave.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search See also: List of alternative names for currency This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced
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@JudyEv (96241)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 May 16
@Inlemay I didn't doubt you but I can't believe that I haven't heard of any of these.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
@JudyEv I know but the site has our SA nicknames spot on - not as many as Australia - they came in FIRST with the MOST!
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@ison_1 (1256)
31 May 16
Hi Lany :) I'm back! Went away for a couple of days, then a weekend of golf comps, poorly yesterday..back at work today! SO much for me to read, you've been busy! In the UK we call the pound a 'quid'.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
Good Morning John - glad to hear you are back, sorry that you were feeling poorly. I have not been that busy, but I suppose a few days away can make it a pile-up for you. Have a great MONDAY, SA was very cold this morning. Brrrrr winter is here.
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@ison_1 (1256)
31 May 16
@Inlemay Stay warm. It's cold and very wet here today :(
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
@ison_1 I heard Belgium was WET yesterday as well so I wasn't too jealous of my friends meandering Brussels in the rain
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@Ceerios (4777)
• Goodfellow, Texas
1 Jun 16
@Inlemay - Money ain't funny, Honey (actually that's a line in a poem...)
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
1 Jun 16
Love it Funny Bunny!
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@Ceerios (4777)
• Goodfellow, Texas
1 Jun 16
@Inlemay - Me too...
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
31 May 16
moolah, dinero, cash, by the president on the bill in question, green, etc. that is an odd statue, on a side note
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
There are so many slag words for the BUCK - some people dont even know about them
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@ilocosboy (31430)
• Philippines
31 May 16
wow, lots of infos you shared, our currency is called peso
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
31 May 16
Any nicknames for the peso? like a LANA?
@pgntwo (21329)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
31 May 16
Yoyos for Ireland, or the Euro as it is officially known, and a quid for a pound Sterling in the UK. London Cockney has names for the different denomination notes, pony or monkey, but I can't remember them at the moment.
http://www.iswearenglish.com/ Explanation of Numbers and Money in Cockney and in British Slang. A quid, a fiver, a tenner, a baker's dozen, a score, a pony, ...
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@JESSY3236 (4885)
• United States
31 May 16
That's so cool. I didn't know other countries had nicknames for money too.
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@Macarrosel (7643)
• Philippines
31 May 16
Money in our dialect is called kwarta, datung,and some more names.
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@LadyDuck (118000)
• Switzerland
31 May 16
There are German nicknames for the Swiss Francs: Stutz (1 CHF coin), 2-Fränkler (2 CHF coin), 5-Liiber (5 CHF coin) Ameise (1000 CHF). Of course we do not use those nicknames here in the south. I remember we had in the past for the Italian Lira, but not for the new European currency.
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@allen0187 (25961)
• Philippines
31 May 16
Thanks for the information. Really interesting to know all those terms. Curious as to why they felt the need to come up with all those terms. Here in Manila, we don't have nicknames for our currency as far as I know.
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@gr8nana6 (2251)
• United States
1 Jun 16
The only one I can think of is the "Buck"