More on Australian slang for money. (Don’t forget, Australian slang is closely related to Cockney slang for obvious historical reasons). Elise from Australia tells us: “A $20 is a Lobster A $50 is a pineapple A $100 is a spot $500 a monkey $1000 a gorilla. The colours of the $20 and $50 in Australia […]
Kite: originally meant a worthless bill or cheque. Hence you would say “I am going to fly a kite” means you are going to pass a bad cheque. The word seems to now mean any cheque (bad or not). It is still used in the insurance and banking industry I am told.
Evidence of a much wider variety of Cockney slang for money is reaching us. For example David Campbell writes: “In the 50’s, we had a lodger who came from the East End, and was very well versed in things cockney. I asked him about money, amongst other things, and remember a marigold being a 3d, […]