Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
- 1 a small sum of money given as a reward for services rendered.
▶verb (tips, tipping, tipped)
- 2 a piece of practical advice.■ a prediction or piece of expert information about the likely winner of a race or contest.
- 1 give a tip to.
I don't think so. The nickname "fiver" has been applied specifically to the British five pound note since its introduction. I would add that, at the time when Joe Orton was writing "Entertaining Mr Sloane", the average wage in the UK was around fifteen pounds per week.I dare
thinksay English speakers will call any note with a denomination of five a fiver.
On second thought, you are correct.Indeed, in the U.S., a five-dollar bill is not technically a "fiver"; however, this term is used.
"Fiver" is another of those terms that makes me think I'm stuck in some bad 40's movie. I have never heard it used for anything other than tipping/borrowing money.
"He slid the doorman a fiver."
"Hey, can I borrow a fiver?"
Granted, every time I hear this word used, I want to vomit. This type of speaking always seems very "cheesy" to me.
We probably would do so in the UK if we had adopted the Euro as our currency; however we haven't, the notes remain exotic, and they will have to stay as "five Euros" and "ten Euros" respectively. The point about the term "fiver", is that it isn't really a slang term for a five pound note: it is the normal, standard everyday name for it. To say in full "five pound note" would sound pedantic and priggish.I've always called five and ten euro notes fivers and tenners respectively.