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Have YOU got plenty of dosh? MY CITY.

Byline: TONY CROWLEY AUTHOR OF THE LIVERPOOL-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

THERE is nothing more important in Liverpool than "having a few bob in your pocket". So, it's perhaps unsurprising that there are a number of general terms in Liverpool English for "money".

"Ackers" appeared in the early 20th century, probably imported by Forces personnel from the Arabic "akka", "a small coin"; "boodle", from around the same time, was an Americanism, originally from the Dutch "boedel", "possessions". "Cash" derives from the Latin "capsa", "coffer"; "poke" is from the French "poche", "bag, wallet"; while "readies" comes from "ready money".

"Spondulics" is an American invention; the origin of "dosh" and "splosh" are mysterious. Decimalisation in 1971 brought the introduction of "new money". Although a few terms from the old system survived - "bob" (originally "bobstick", "shilling"), and "nicker", "pound" (origin unknown) - decimalisation finally did for terms like "fudge", "brown" and "mopus" (a "farthing" or "quarter-penny"). "Meg" and "og" ("halfpenny"), also went, as did "win" ("a penny"), "dodger" (the eightsided three-penny bit), "joey" (the 12-sided threepenny bit), and "tiddler" (the silver threepenny bit). Other casualties were "spraza" and "tanner" ("sixpence", both from Romani), "levy" and "ocker" ("a shilling"), "half a dollar" and "tusheroon" ("two shillings and sixpence"), "dollar" ("five shillings" - probably from when the pound was worth four dollars), "half-bar" and "half a nicker" ("10 shillings"), and "bar" ("a pound"). New or old, there was never enough of it; hence that widespread and much-lamented condition of being "skint" (an early 20th century Forces' term, probably from "skinned", "stripped of everything").

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2018
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