What’s up with ‘quid’?

Bread, bones, clams, dough, and moolah: we have a lot of slang terms for money in the English language, to name just a few, er, noteworthy examples. Specific currencies have their own nicknames, too, of course. The Australian and American dollar, for example, often go by ‘buck’, which probably calls back the use of buckskins for trade on the 19th-century American frontier. Among other currencies, the United Kingdom’s sterling pound, meanwhile, is colloquially called a quid. And why is that? For the origin of this monetary moniker, we really shouldn’t be asking why as much as what.

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