[PW] simolean

Mark Carson mahousu at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 11:16:06 PDT 2016


Wikitionary has a more detailed theory, that it's a blend of simon +
Napoleon. "Simon" is old British slang for a sixpence, and comes (by way of
simony) ultimately from Simon Magus, the magician who, in Acts chapter 8,
tries to buy what he supposes is Peter's power.

Mark

On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 1:19 PM, Beth Twomey <beth.twomey at ndsu.edu> wrote:

> The OED says the etymology is obscure but perhaps modelled on the
> Napoleon, a gold 20 franc coin issued in the reign of Napoleon I. It notes
> 1896 as an early usage
>
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> Hi all
>
> This is for me. Just curious.   The Word of the Day.  Origin
> uncertain they say.
>
> Barbara
>
>
> simoleon    \suh-MOH-lee-uh n\
>
> noun
> 1. Slang. a dollar.
>
> Quotes
> What few people know is that Gussie had inked a Lone Star in one corner of
> every single simoleon. Gussie's bills turn up in the strangest places --
> like Effie Sue Etheridge's garden and the effects of two teen-age runaways
> ...
> -- Kit Reed, "In Short: Fiction; The Laying Out of Gussie Hoot," New York
> Times, January 20, 1991
>
>   ... Gordon paid for a rye whiskey and a Coca-Cola with a simoleon that
> had grains of sand stuck to it.
> Ron Hansen, "Playland," Nebraska, 1989
>
>
> Origin of simoleon
> Simoleon is an Americanism, but its origin is uncertain. It may be
> formed on the basis of the word Napoleon, which refers to a gold coin
> issued during Napoleon I's reign.
>
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