Thursday, August 17, 2006

34

I am thirty four years old, dear reader. Yes, it's true. I can hardly believe it myself. I know I have the body and mental outllok of an eighteen year old, but I am actually thirty four.

What's worse than that, hen, is it's the most expensive time of my life!

Click here to find out why.

Think about it, I've got my children to contend with (and the fees for their elite public school have become astronomical), my wedding and honeymoon to pay for, imporvements on my châteaux, my country cottage, my mansion here in Edinburgh and holiday home on Mustique. And there's all my jewellery to pay for, too.

Can anyone lend me a few quid?

Oh, and wouldn't it be fabulous if instead of asking for a few quid, I could ask for a few Euros? What kind of country am I living in where people are so afraid of a currency? It's not like it's going to bite us, dear reader. The irony of the Euro is that if Thatcher had stayed in power, we in the UK would be using it now. Tsk.

Oh, by the way, if anyone knows why quid is a slang term for a pound and buck is a slang term for a dollar, could they let me know in the comments section? I would love that.

12 comments:

J.a.G. said...

The word buck—possibly an abbreviation from buckskin, an intrinsic "currency" for trade with American Indians known since 1746—has been recorded since 1856 and is widely used as a synonym for the dollars of many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The latter term, skin, is also used as a synonym as is the possibly related term squaw money. (wikipedia)

Minge said...

Yay! Thanks!

Moncrief Speaks said...

Is it your birthday then???

Minge said...

No! That was back in June.

When's your birthday?

J.a.G. said...

Very Welcome :)

Lex Ham Rand said...

Oh, to be 34 again....now that I've crested the top of the roller coaster at 40 and this year having passed my 41st birthday it is all downhill from here, dear reader.

Carpe diem, Minge!

CoffeeBigPlz said...

Thanks be to the 9 months after Valentines day that I am past that magic 34! I can't afford any more unexpected expenses right now!

LOL

XWiz said...

Apparently: "quid = one pound (£1) or a number of pounds sterling. Plural uses singular form, eg., 'Fifteen quid is all I want for it..', or 'I won five hundred quid on the horses yesterday..'. The slang money expression 'quid' seems first to have appeared in late 1600's England, derived from Latin (quid meaning 'what', as in 'quid pro quo' - 'something for something else'). Other intriguing possible origins/influences include a suggested connection with the highly secretive Quidhampton banknote paper-mill, and the term quid as applied (ack D Murray) to chewing tobacco, which are explained in more detail under quid in the cliches, words and slang page."

RIC said...

I've had my lesson today, I've learned from other people (thank you), and I'm happy. Good questions, Minge!

Minge said...

Now, when is someone going to teach Minge a lesson?

;)

RIC said...

What do you have in mind, hen?...

Minge said...

Oh, you know Minge! I'm game for anything, hen!