[PW] simolean

brian whatcott betwys1 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 9 12:25:57 PDT 2016

A  "six-penny bit" was a UK coin formerly made of silver. It was often 
called a "simon", and later a "tanner"
a usage which persisted into the 20th century. Apparently "simon" 
signified a dollar in American slang in
the 19th century.  Some dictionaries suggest a macaronic elision of 
simon and napoleon, a french coin
as the source of this neologism. An internet search notes simoleon as a 
newspaper usage in 1883.

Brian W

On 8/9/2016 10:49 AM, Barbara & George Grenier wrote:
> 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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