Θαλήρα

Helleno File

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English - UK
On holiday in Greece I think I've just heard this word, if I've got it right. Was given 2 five euro notes in my change and gathered they are referred to as θαλήρα.

Not in my School and Office Μπαμπινιώτης so possibly οικείο/slang. Any idea why a special word and where it comes from.
 
  • Helleno File

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    English - UK
    Wonderful Perseas. Thanks. I've also got wax in one of my ears which isn't helping! :eek: Πεντάρικο I knew but according to your link τάλιρο is from Ger. Thaler (as it was usually written in the 18th century) and also the basis for the US $.
     

    Αγγελος

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    Wonderful Perseas. Thanks. I've also got wax in one of my ears which isn't helping! :eek: Πεντάρικο I knew but according to your link τάλιρο is from Ger. Thaler (as it was usually written in the 18th century) and also the basis for the US $.
    No one says πεντάρικο. Some people say πεντάευρο, but τάλιρο is probably more common. (It was the name of the 5-drachma coin, which was originally (in the 19th century) worth about the same as a thaler or silver dollar and kept that name despite its successive devaluations...)
    As Perseas pointed out, there is a word πενηντάρικο, but it is used for the 50-euro note.
     

    Helleno File

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    English - UK
    No one says πεντάρικο. Some people say πεντάευρο, but τάλιρο is probably more common. (It was the name of the 5-drachma coin, which was originally (in the 19th century) worth about the same as a thaler or silver dollar and kept that name despite its successive devaluations...)
    As Perseas pointed out, there is a word πενηντάρικο, but it is used for the 50-euro note.
    Thanks Άγγελε and Perseas. I think πεντάρικο must have been an unconscious back-formation on my part some time ago! Am I right that δεκάρικο, εικοσάρικο and καταστάρικο all exist for 10, 20 and 100 euros.

    Following Perseas' timely reply I was able to slip τάλιρο into a conversation. ;)
     

    Αγγελος

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    Am I right that δεκάρικο, εικοσάρικο and καταστάρικο all exist for 10, 20 and 100 euros.
    Absolutely, except that the last one is κατoστάρικο. Once again, those used to be names of 10-, 20- and 100-drachma notes/coins and remained in use after the changeover to the euro.
     
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