By Karen Lynch
Money may make the world go around, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in every country talks about it in the same way. Get some help decoding American money from this sampling of slang and finance terms that might be unfamiliar to newcomers to the U.S.
There are more slang words for the dollar and for money than almost anything else in the U.S. It all adds up to a lot of “loot.” Here are just a few of the most common expressions:
This list of slang can help you decode discussions about putting your money to work, when dealing with merchants, banks, credit card companies, and others.
Sometimes, personal finances “go south,” as money “slips through your fingers”—in other words, you’ve lost “a bundle.” The following American slang words describe downturns, foibles, and flip-flops.
While “serious money” is often slang for a lot of money (and so is “real money”), this section lists straight terms about finances and financial situations that may differ somewhat (or altogether) from the lingo in your home country:
Karen Lynch is a journalist who has covered global business, technology, and policy for more than 30 years. Karen also is a principal at Content Marketing Partners.
1 “What Is Credit Card Surfing?”, Yahoo! Finance; https://finance.yahoo.com/news/credit-card-surfing-103000451.html
2 “Requirements,” Venmo; https://help.venmo.com/hc/en-us/articles/209690188-Requirements