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    British currency - what is a quid?

    Can someone tell me what a 'quid' is?

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    It's a slang term for money. A quid is known as one pound (1)
    (1 = $1.42)
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    ah** I am finally enlightened! Thanks!

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    It's like saying bucks or cash or benjamins isntead of dollars.
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    Actually it is not. Cash is money, but quid specifically means ONE POUND.

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    Does quid sound better than pounds? Hmm. The former sorta reminds me of the sea creature.
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    Yeah but I keep saying it, quid does NOT replace pound. You cannot use the word quid in the plural, you cannot say quids. The ONLY time you can use quid is when you are referring to ONE POUND, you say one quid or a quid. You cannot say two quids.

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    Quid is only singular. Funny. That would explain why the TV programme I saw last night commented that Britain's best cultural export is her language.
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    I agree, I am not English and it is an effort sometimes not to cringe at the language here, although I was not totally unaware of it as I did watch a lot of English TV and read magazines and books before I came to England. I must admit though, I have yet to meet many people here who speak gramatically correct English.

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    * (single reference to nouns when they are obviously plural - this REALLY annoys me)
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    ~ 9 pound worth

    * easily change the tense of verbs, especially come/came

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    <the linguist in me asks>
    Where does the word "quid" actually come from?
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    Sparkie, I just looked it up in my Collins Dictionary of Etyomology and the definition is such:
    quid (sl.) sovereign, guinea (obselete), of unknown origin. (First recorded in the English language in XVII)

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    I'll give ye a quid if you give me a pound?!
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    You can change it to squid as well, if you want, as in five squid. Silly, and kind of funny.
    And a bob is five pence, fifty pence is ten bob, not ten bobs, i.e it's singular too.

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    Originally posted by Nicky
    Yeah but I keep saying it, quid does NOT replace pound. You cannot use the word quid in the plural, you cannot say quids. The ONLY time you can use quid is when you are referring to ONE POUND, you say one quid or a quid. You cannot say two quids.
    But what about the common phrase "We're quids in"?

    Perhaps it comes from the latin 'quid'?
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    As far as I knew, a 'quid' could refer to a British Pound, a Euro, an Australian dollar or an American dollar, or anything similar, in the same way that a grand refers to a thousand quid in any country. I didn't think it was just a British thing.

    If there are any linguists here, I'd be interested to know where it comes from and why.
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    Originally posted by Nicky
    Yeah but I keep saying it, quid does NOT replace pound. You cannot use the word quid in the plural, you cannot say quids. The ONLY time you can use quid is when you are referring to ONE POUND, you say one quid or a quid. You cannot say two quids.
    As far as I knew, quid was used as a plural. My headphones cost me 320 quid.

    I would never use quid when referring to one dollar/pound.

    On the other hand - perhaps me grammer is incorrect.
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    Originally posted by mmj
    As far as I knew, a 'quid' could refer to a British Pound, a Euro, an Australian dollar or an American dollar, or anything similar, in the same way that a grand refers to a thousand quid in any country. I didn't think it was just a British thing.

    If there are any linguists here, I'd be interested to know where it comes from and why.
    quid (sl.) sovereign, guinea (obselete), of unknown origin. (First recorded in the English language in XVII)
    I always say there are four great things that have come out of England - America, Canada, Australia and ME!

    I say ten quid and five quid - or giz-a-quid.

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    1 British Pound = a quid
    10 British Pounds = A tenner, 10 squid, 10 quid,
    25 British Pounds = a pony
    500 British Pounds = a monkey
    1000 British Pounds = A damm good night out with the lads

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    Question is - will we call Euro's, quids???

    I can't see it myself. I certainly wish we weren't being robbed of our Sovereignty.

    Another thing - if we stop having the Queens head on our money - does that mean Canada stops using her?
    I mean Gibraltar has already lost the old dear - isn't that right Nicky???

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    I think it comes from Quid Pro Quo roughly meaning an exchange or somthing for something. So I suppose it could be used for any currency - although I can't see our American Cousins dropping the buck or the greenback in favour of the quid!

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    It'd be embarrassing for Australia if the UK no longer had to have the queen on their coins but we still had to!

    She's still the queen of Australia, but I sure didn't vote for that.
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    Originally posted by z7
    Question is - will we call Euro's, quids???

    I can't see it myself. I certainly wish we weren't being robbed of our Sovereignty.

    Another thing - if we stop having the Queens head on our money - does that mean Canada stops using her?
    I mean Gibraltar has already lost the old dear - isn't that right Nicky???
    Gibraltar runs a dual currency, we have both Sterling and Gibraltar currency, they are both equal in value but Gibraltar currency is much nicer. especially the 50 notes it has a photo of the Rock on it.

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    Originally posted by Nicky

    Gibraltar runs a dual currency, we have both Sterling and Gibraltar currency, they are both equal in value but Gibraltar currency is much nicer. especially the 50 notes it has a photo of the Rock on it.
    You guys have The Rock over there too? I didn't know that other countries LIKED crappy, fake American sports.
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