Barbara & George Grenier
grenier at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 9 08:49:44 PDT 2016
This is for me. Just curious. The Word of the Day. Origin
uncertain they say.
simoleon \suh-MOH-lee-uh n\
1. Slang. a dollar.
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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