beth.twomey at ndsu.edu
Tue Aug 9 10:19:04 PDT 2016
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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Subject: [PW] simolean
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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