English Money - Ways of Describing the British Pound
Pound, Quid or ?...
There are so many ways to describe the British pound that you could be mistaken for not knowing what on earth people are talking about if you are not from the UK. The currency for Great Britain is the pound and although Scotland have their own notes (which are legal currency in England) they are not separate from the British system of currency. The international wording for the British pound is Pounds Sterling, or just Sterling.
So, what else is the pound called?
Well, the most obvious is quid - as in, if you are unfamiliar with the term - "lend us 50 quid will you?". Quid is more of a slang saying for pounds but is frequently heard from the masses.
You may also hear pounds being referred to as notes or sheets - a bit more colloquial but still in frequent usage.
Colloquial Phrases for Specific Amounts
There are also a bunch of words that are used for specific amounts of money as follows:
- Bob - A pound
- A score - 20 pounds
- A pony - 25 pounds
- A ton - 100 pounds
- A monkey - 500 pounds
- A grand - 1000 pounds
There are a bunch more that could be added here but these are the ones that are in most common usage. Add to these the pretty obviously nicknamed fiver and tenner.
Although there are a huge number of other colloquial phrases for English money, for example 'Ayrton Senna' for £10 (rhyming slang for a tenner) - a lot of them would not be in general usage and you may not come across them in everyday life.
General Words for Money
There are also a whole bunch of general words for money including: