LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/ABR/2006 4:36 PM|
What I was thinking of was this: people often confuse "buck" with "money". "Buck" means "dollar", not "money" (see the exception below). You certainly can say "Give me a buck" or "I have ten bucks." What you can't say is "Give me some bucks (money)" or "I don't have enough buck (money) to buy the sweater."
(1) Compare what I wrote above with what was written below.
The last time I lent some bucks I didn't get it back.
(2) Knowing that "bucks" means "dollars", can you say the following?
The last time I lent some dollars, I didn't get it back.
(3) No, it wouldn't sound right. It would be much more natural to say:
"The last time I lent some money, I didn't get it back." Right? Right!
What are some good ways to say "money"? Well, how about: dough, bread, loot, etc?
Pete, got some dough? I busted (broke) and I need five bucks for gas (gasoline).
Dale, why are you always asking me for bread? Don't you have a job?
Of course I have a job, Pete, but Deivis needed some loot to take out some chick (girl) and I gave him what I had on me (in my possession)..
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