We Brits have a slang expression for seemingly all aspects of daily life; food, drink, sex, work, education etc. And the concept of money is by no means an exception to this rule, with various money-themed slang terms being used across the entire country. Here are 21 such terms.
1. Big one (one thousand pounds sterling).
2. Bread (general term for money).
3. Bronze (term to describe the one and two pound coins)
4. Bullseye (fifty pounds sterling).
5. Century (one hundred pounds sterling).
6. Copper (term to describe the one and two pence coins).
7. Darwin (ten pound note, which features the face of Charles Darwin).
8. Dosh (general term for money).
9. Dough (general term for money).
10. Fiver (five pounds sterling).
11. Grand (one thousand pounds sterling).
12. Lady Godiva (Cockney rhyming slang to describe five pounds. In BrE, Godiva rhymes with fiver).
13. Loot (general term for money).
14. Monkey (five hundred pounds sterling).
15. Pony (twenty-five pounds sterling).
16. Quid (one pound sterling. Possibly derived from the Latin phrase quid pro quo).
17. Score (twenty pounds sterling).
18. Shrapnel (loose change).
19. Silver (term to describe the five, ten, twenty and fifty pence coins)
20. Tenner (ten pounds sterling).
21. Tuppence (older term; sometimes used in modern usage to refer to the two pence coin).
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