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What different terms for money have there been throughout history?

Like:

  • 孔方兄

  • 上清童子

Time period used too would be nice.

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  • 泉 战国
  • 邓通 汉
  • 货泉 汉
  • 白水真人 汉
  • 阿堵物 南北朝
  • 孔方兄 晋
  • 青蚨 -
  • 上清童子 唐
  • 没奈何 宋
  • 不动尊
  • 袁大头 民国
  • 大团结 1949之后
  • 毛爷爷 当代

ref here

  • 没奈何 is an awesome way to refer to money: "necessary evil" lol. – Master Sparkles Apr 11 '15 at 16:11
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阿堵物 -"that stuff"-was popular during the 晉 period and remained a literary way to refer to money. Source: 世說新語. Interestingly I think a close variant of 阿堵 to mean "that" is still used I believed in 閩南語?

  • So is it ā or ē? – user3306356 Apr 9 '15 at 9:41
  • excellent question- I have no idea. Taiwanese people say something like "ah-nei" when they mean 那樣, and the ah-那 map seems similar to how 阿堵 means "that", so I guess a1, but I'm assuming a lot and working off memory right now. On reflection maybe the nei is what maps to 那. Spoken language is annoying. – Master Sparkles Apr 9 '15 at 9:43
  • My mouse-over dictionary says ē. – Enrico Brasil Apr 9 '15 at 13:44

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