Marcus Atwater


Slang is poetry. Like all words, slang offers us a metaphor, a bridge between symbols and their meaning. 

We use slang to talk about taboo subjects like sex and drugs, and what bigger taboo is there than money?

Money is on all our minds, causing us stress and taking up our valuable headspace, yet we're taught it's impolite to talk about. Money is the ultimate metaphor, full of subtext and hidden meaning. We desire it, we fear losing it, we worry about how it affects our relationships, and we equate it with power and freedom and happiness - all while feeling ashamed that it has so much control over our lives. It's no surprise, then, that we give it so many names.

It's also interesting how many slang words for money involve food. I guess it's got something to do with our need for money to consume. Mmm, money. Makes me hungry. Bon app├ętit!


Bacon

Bananas

Bank

Banknotes

Bankroll


Beans

Benjamins

Big ones

Bills

Bits

Boffo

Bones


Bread

Buckaroos

Bucks

Bullets

Bundle


Cabbage

Capital

Cash

Change


Cheddar

Chips

Chits

Chump change

Clams

C-notes


Coconuts

Coin

Currency


Dead presidents

Dibs

Dimes

Dinero

Dollars

Doubloons


Dough

Drafts

Dubs

Ducats

Finances

Fins


Fish

Fivers

Five-spots

Folding green

Folding stuff

Fortune


Frogskins

Funds

Gelt

Gold

Grand

Green

Greenbacks

Gs

Guineas

Hecks

Hundies

Jack

Jacksons

Ks


Kale

King's ransom

Large


Lettuce

Long green

Loonies

Loot

Lucre

Mazuma

Means


Mint

Mite

Moolah

Nickels

Ones

Pap


Paper

Pelf

Pesos

Pieces of eight

Pin money

Pittance

Plaster

Pocket money


Potatoes

Quarter

Quid

Resources

Riches

Rivets

Roll


Sawbucks

Scratch

Scrilla

Scrip

Shekels

Shrapnel

Silver

Simoleons

Singles

Skrilla

Smack

Smackers

Specie

Spending money

Spondulicks

Stacks

Stake

Stash

Tender

Tenners

Ten-spots


Treasure

Two bits

Wad

Wampum

Wherewithal


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