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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

gelt

\gelt\ , noun;
1.
Slang. money.
Quotes:
All he wants is some U.S. gelt and a nice pair of elevator shoes.
-- James Ellroy, Blood's a Rover, 2009
Let alone he was always one for a bit of life, you could earn extra gelt in London, for there were always errands to be run, or notes to be delivered, and you got a shilling every time you were sent off to execute such commissions.
-- Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1959
Origin:
Gelt entered English in the 1890s. It came from the Yiddish word which meant "money."
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