They are referred to differently in every other place but are loved, probably, in the same way everywhere. Sure enough, we talk about money or more precisely their “second names” because alongside official ones currencies have common nicknames.
We should probably start with the most popular money – with US dollar. When referring to it we more often than not use an ear-pleasing word “buck”. Rumor has it that this alias appeared after the civil war. Back in the days a large lot of new money was printed with a green overside – “green backs”. With time the color was forgotten and letter “a” got replaced with “u”. It is also important to mention that each note of a certain face value has a personal name. For instance, 100-dollar bills got a name Benji or Frank (they have a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on them) and a modest one dollar is publicly known as a “single”.
Before 2002 each European state had own currency. Germans used to pay with Deutsche Marks. They never came up with a nickname for bills but they took it out on coins in full swing instead. There were so many ways to call Pfennings: “herrings” – fish appeared on them now and again since 16th century; “parrots” to mock an eagle shape on the reverse; “beckers” after famous German forger Carl Becker who was engaged in counterfeiting medieval coins.
Neighbors of Germans, Frenchmen, are famous for being eternally old-fashioned and conservative – say whichever way you feel comfortable. Even current Euro cents they stubbornly call “centimes” and they can also habitually refer to Euro as “Franc”. All in all, they observe traditions scrutinously in this country – money was called “lambs” for a long time and it lasted from as far back as 14th century when these animals were pictured on coins. They were followed by Louis d’ors that we know about from literature (as you already understand, they had a portrait of Louis XIII on them).
Alongside potatoes there is another currency in Belarus – rubles. They are publicly most often referred to as “hares”. However younger generation when talking about money, call it “squirrels” (in Russian – “belki”) – derivative from BELarusian ruble. By the way, in early 1990s, after the USSR dissolution when in Minsk they looked into creation of own currency, traditionally Western European Thaler was among options there. However during the vote the only one to back this option was a poet Nil Hilevich…
British pound sterling is probably second after dollar in terms of number of nicknames. Thus, currency traders call it “cable”. It originated back in the days when trade between the United States and the United Kingdom was conducted mostly via Reuters telegram cable from the depth of the Atlantic. In conversational language the word “quid” can be heard more often; it comes either from the “quid” meaning “chewing tobacco” or “Quid pro quo” meaning “favor for a favor”. In earlier days British coins used to be called “wheel carts”. There is a belief that cash got this alias due to high copper contents. We, however, consider the connection between the two facts unobvious.
In each country they probably have own attitude towards hard-earned ones therefore people call ducats (medieval coin in Europe, by the way) in an own way. In Switzerland they have “chiefs”, in Canada – “caddies” or “loonies”, in Australia there are “Aussies”, in New Zealand – “kiwis” and in Russia they call them “wooden ones”. If you have learned about some interesting money nicknames while travelling or talking to foreigners – enlighten us and Outlook readers.
All over the world, winter brings bright celebrations to people's homes, the traditions of how to celebrate them are born. The customs of one state differes from the other but people from different corners of the planet are equally waiting for miracles, pleasant surprises and a good fairy tale. On the eve of the New Year holidays, we decided to ask the diplomats about the peculiarities of New Year and Christmas celebrations in their countries.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning, whether you need some vegetables, or even some extra litres of water!
Thanks to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ukraine and personally Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alisher Abdualiev OUTLOOK was lucky enough to visit this hospitable country. And today we will tell about a unique place - the Mausoleum of the prominent military leader and political figure of Amir Temur.
OUTLOOK was lucky to visit hospitable Uzbekistan and get better acquainted with crafts of this amazing country. Today we tell you about art of straw work, about materials that craftsmen use and what secrets and unique features of this craft are. Feel the world with us!
In almost every large Ukrainian city – especially if it is “spoiled with number of educational institutions there is a small district called campus among locals. Dormitories, dining halls, libraries, university buildings here and there and dark-skinned guys that exchange currency. This is the way students of Ukrainian high educational institutions earn a bit on the side and manage to obtain aspired degree at the same time. After that some of them stay and others go back home to Africa. Now, what do people on the sunniest continent do, including those who return to native shores as bankers with dimplomas?
Because of different reasons, mainly due to its travel population and size, Istanbul is perceived by the majority of tourists, even by those who had been to Turkey, as the capital of this country even though it is verily Ankara. We are going to talk about this city that is so Turkish and international simultaneously.
The free fight has not feminine face. The good girl could smile in a pretty way and care colorful dress but not strike out wildly. But in the fierce Ands such gentle flowers do not grow. The true Bolivian cholit will be quick on the uptake, and it is able to fill in if necessary. But on Sunday, having gathered the starched skirts, she will desperately go to fight
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Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ukraine and Ambassador's Spouses Club Kiev welcomed the Ukrainian public and foreign guests with the national art of the Uzbek people, traditions and principles of creating pieces of art made by the folk artists and artists from Uzbekistan.
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
After having spent merely an hour for a flight from Kiev, I suddenly realized I reached the city where continental Europe’s oldest subway is situated. And things that Budapest underground is famous for are not limited to this. OUTLOOK sets on a trip around metropolitan of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Want to go down?
Three years ago Austrian tour operatorslaunched an unusual touristic tourdesigned for fansof singing style called yodel. Hikers wander through the Ziller Valley, a broad trail narrows opening the way for only the most avid travellers, then track leads upwards. Tourists look into the interactive station shaped as a giantsonorous walk-in cowbell, then they go around thelargest alpine horn and head to place where Alpine herdsmen used to have unhurried musical conversations with their flocks.
Small ethnic groupshave been always interesting for scientists and artists, who sought inspiration in their lifestyle. The Bajau Sea Gypsies who formally can be correlated with Malaysia, are one of the most popular ethnic groups today.
When you first hear about them, you do not believe your ears; when you first see them, you do not believe your eyes. Their passports have no photos, they do not pay taxes, do not do military service, they wear plain clothing, drive horse-drawn buggies, insulate themselves from modern conveniences, and, of course, have the most delicious food in the USA. Would you like to learn more?
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.