British Currency-Please explain Pounds and Quid?

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  1. Messy1

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    I have been watching for some time a British show off the satellite called Wheeler Dealers. For those not familiar with this show, the basis of the show is that one of the hosts buys a car for as little as possible, and the other host who is a mechanic repairs what ever needs fixed and the car is then hopefully sold for a profit.

    Now my question is this. I hear the hosts talk about spending money in pounds and quid. Sometimes he switches back and forth between the two terms. I have been wanting to know for a while, what is the difference between pounds and quid, and when is it right to use each term? Is one just a slang term similar to how dollars are sometimes called bucks here in the States?
     
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    No difference at all
    one is the legitimate term for our currency, the other is a slang term, much like your having dollars and bucks.

    You should note that there is no plural of quid; you can have a quid in your pocket, or ten quid. You can't really say one quid either, well, you can but it will sound a bit odd to a native so "it will cost you a quid" rather than "it will cost you one quid"
     
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    Ok, Thanks Colin. That is what I was thinking. I have heard on the show the host do a rundown of parts list and costs where the terms are both used for higher and lower amounts and was a little confused.
     
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    Very well explained Colin. You should charge at least a couple of quid for that !
    Steve
     
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    Indeed
    I only accept paper ones though, don't be fooled by that '50' in the top right-hand corner... :)
     
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    Here Colin! Feel free to keep the extra as a tip for the info! I appreciate it!
     

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    *Colin searches desperately for the right paper to print it off on...*
     
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    *Bryon hopes he is not implicated in Colin's counterfeiting scam!
     
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    It's in the washing machine as we speak
    they'll never trace it back to you, I have a very comprehensive money-laundering operation here

    Yeah, I know - I'll see myself out...
     
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    I'll be damed, thanks for the education Colin.
     
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    Thanks for explaining. I have heard the same terms when I watch "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmare's" and wondered the same thing.
     
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    I'm sure copying currency can't be legal!

    Note: always "quid", never "quids", which I have heard well-meaning but underinformed Americans say.

    See also "nicker", "beer tokens" and "brass margarets".

    Also:

    a pony - 25 quid
    a ton - 100 quid
    a monkey - 500 quid
    a grand - 1000 quid (obviously)
     
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    How does German money break down?
     
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    Lose two world wars?

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    Euros and cents, same as most of Europe nowadays.
     
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    Thanks Conkerking
     
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