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Bustin' Big-Heads

Posted by Brian fom Shawnee on September 07, 2004

The recent "busted" and "bust" threads reminded me of a phrase someone told me about a few years ago. When the U.S. Treasury first started issuing the new currency with the larger sized Presidents* portraits in denominations of $50 and $100, these were called "Big-Heads" in the Inner City. If you were out spending a lot of money on a Saturday Night, you were said to be "bustin' big-heads".

*Benjamin Franklin appears on the $100 bill, but was never President. This of course does not stop people from including him in the Dead Presidents, which is U.S. slang for money.