Posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 06, 2004
In Reply to: Bent as a nine Bob note posted by ESC on November 06, 2004
: : : : I know what it means bent=crooked a nine Bob note never existed it was a ten Bob note which is really a ten shilling for some reason a shilling was know as a Bob so if u had a nine Bob note it was counterfit so it was crooked or bent this phrases was used to express a fear of something being illegal
: : : that all I know would like more input thanks
: : There's an expression in the U.S. -- queer as a two-dollar bill. Meaning there is something "off" or wrong. This sounds similar to the above.
: A $2 bill was actually issued. See -- http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/currency/denominations.shtml#q5
: Anyway, I consulted a reference and it said the U.S. expression is "queer as a $3 bill." But I stand my ground and say it's $2.
: I looked for bent as a Bob in my two British expression books and couldn't find anything.
ESC, I really think it's "queer (or phony) as a $3 bill". As you indicated, it's commonly known that a $2 bill exists, even though they were never in wide circulation.