bucks, loot, dough, pic: © Christophe Villedieu |

Money has many names not just in the US and it is important to understand the most frequently used ones and any connotations they might have.

“Bucks” is probably the most frequently used substitute for dollar.  It is very broadly used and fairly casual.  It can be used in casual conversation at work or outside.  For example, you can ask a colleague to lend you five bucks for a coffee and a muffin because  you forgot your wallet.  In a business plan that you send to possible investors you should probably not ask them to fund your company to the tune of 5 million bucks, though.

Dough, loot, moolah are all acceptable but even more slangy words for money.  You could say (to your friends) about someone: that guy has a lot of dough.  That would mean the same thing as saying “he is loaded”.  An example from the Internet for loot is the following headline: “Rappers don’t make loot” subtitle: artists don’t make money from record deals.

Then there is a variety of terms for certain notes: a c-note or a Benjamin is a $100 note.  Both these expressions are slang and aren’t to be used in non-casual conversation.  The same is true when using “grand” for $1,000.  Using the term “K” to indicate thousands, however, is very frequently used even in business language.


“The company raised 50K .”

“The new lab equipment costs a total of 150K including the software.”

“Even a small house in Silicon Valley costs about 900K”

There are more but it is probably not a great idea to use words that are otherwise associated with drug dealers or mobsters.

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