This Vocabulary is Money, Baby

Today you’ll learn native English slang to talk about dollar dollar bills, yo.

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Native Money Vocabulary

Money- as an adjective, it means ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’

Using this phrase was popularized in the 1996 indie film Swingers. (More about that in a minute!)

Nickel and dime someone- to charge small amounts for many small services (like telephone companies)

Other words for money: cheddar, bones, bucks, buckaroos, cash, dough

Bring home the bacon- make money

Bank- to ‘make bank’ is to make a lot of money

Lastly, if you hear a native say ‘dollar dollar bills’, they are referencing a Wu Tang Song called C.R.E.A.M., from 1993.

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Pop Culture R&R

I LOVE the movie Swingers, from 1996. This was when indie films were still really cool and alternative- it’s labelled as a ‘cult comedy’ online.

It stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau as best friends living in L.A. Favreau’s character, Mike, is struggling with his acting career, and women, and his friend Trent, played by Vaughn, tries to teach him how to be cooler. They go to parties, hang out with their friends, and even go to Las Vegas at one point.

It was also written and directed by Favreau.

Even if you don’t watch the movie, you should definitely get the soundtrack. I still listen to it from time to time!

Swingers trailer:

C.R.E.A.M. video: