Posted by ESC on March 21, 2002
In Reply to: Dosh posted by TheFallen on March 21, 2002
: : : I am interested in the derivation of the word 'dosh ' meaning money.
: : : Can anyone help?
: : My 1994 Collin's Dictionary says: 'British and Australian slang
for money. 20th century. Origin unknown.'
: : Hopefully, others can do a bit better! It's not recorded in my copy of the '1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.'
: I also am totally unable to track down any origins for dosh, but perhaps the following observation will soften the blow. We British have a huge number of slang terms for money or cash - to the extent that it's almost improbable. Wih no more than a moment's thought, I offer you the obvious "readies" and "wad", the more bizarre "wonga" and my personal utterly surreal favourite "spondoolicks" (sp?). There'll be plenty more - and this is before we even get into the slang for amounts of cash - monkeys and ponies, bottles, carpets and ladies to start with. But that's for another time.
I have never heard the word used in the U.S. I did find it in an American slang reference book, but its origin is unknown. To me it has the sound of "carny talk."