There's the 'haves' and then there are the 'have-nots'.
Some of the 'have-nots' imagine winning the lottery and a very small number of them actually have won big....the rest have won a meat tray in a raffle.
And, then there is the rest of us who have to roll up our sleeves, get an education, gain experience and make it through an apprenticeship so that we can be on our way to building wealth in a steady 9-to-5.
No matter what way we are generating income we all have funny ways of telling other people that we're making money.
Here's a few ways you may not of heard of yet.
1. Scrooge McDuckin’
Definition: Making an absurd amount of money–usually by crooked means. Making money to the point that if you were to liquidate your funds you could swim in your money–just like good old Scrooge McDuck!
Origin: This slang term evolved from the character Scrooge McDuck or Uncle Scrooge. He is a Glaswegian anthropomorphic duck created by Carl Banks–his first appearance was in a published comic in 1947. He is known for being extremely thrifty.
2. Making Jack
Definition: Making or getting money/profit.
Origin: One meaning of Jack is a five-pound note from back in the UK. This comes from Cockney rhyming slang (1700’s)–Jack’s alive.
3. Stackin’ Loot
Definition: To be making money, generally a lot of it.
Origin: Stacking informally means ‘a large quantity’, and loot is slang for money.
4. Rolling in Money
Definition: Someone who has a lot of money–so much so that there is enough cash to physically roll around in.
Origin: Rolling comes from ‘to enjoy ample amounts’. Roll is US slang–an amount of money.
5. Make a Mint
Definition: An abundant amount especially of money–making a lot of money.
Origin: A mint is a facility for manufacturing money like the Royal Mint.
6. Making Bread & Honey
Definition: Bread & Honey is cockney rhyming slang for Money.
Origin: Cockney rhyming slang was originally a secret language in East London. It was thought to have originated in the 18th century by street traders to communicate with each other whilst trading illegally. There is still a lot of modern rhyming slang used today. Other cockney related words to money are Greengages (wages) and Oxford Scholar (dollar).
7. Money for Jam / Money for Old Rope
Definition: Colloquial term–it’s a very easy way of making money.
Origin: The Athenaeum, written in 1919–“the great use of jam in the army…” originated the phrase ‘money for jam’.
Several Hundred years ago the term ‘money for old rope’ meant good cash paid for rope. In the middle ages, the rope trade was big business. You needed rope for everything; houses, ships, carts and even tying up witches to dunk them in the village pond!
8. Baking Cake
Definition: Earning money, getting cash.
Origin: Cake became a slang term meaning money. ‘I want some cake’ / ‘if we do this the right way; we’re going to be baking later’ / ‘He’s making cake’. Originated from an unknown Californian street slang source.
9. Make a Killing
Definition: You do something that makes a lot of money.
Origin: From the U.S (late 1800’s) to make a profit by gambling, whether at the races or on the stock market, casino etc. To kill has been used as an adverbial phrase meaning ‘to a great degree’, since 1831 and as a verb meaning ‘to overwhelm’, since around 1910.
10. Make Money Hand Over Fist
Definition: You make a lot of money without any difficulty. Steadily and quickly; with rapid process.
Origin: This is probably of naval origin. Its earliest mention refers to pulling on a rope. An earlier version of this was ‘hand over hand’ which dates to the mid 18th century. This is found in a paper by Cooke in the Royal Society ‘Philosophical Transactions’ for 1736. Hand over fist describes when we grab a rope to pull it–we make a fist and then reach forward with our other open hand.
11. Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Definition: You have to work to earn money; it doesn’t come easily or without effort.
Origin: ‘Trees’ is another name for money. This stems from the fact that money is made from paper which comes from trees.
12. Making Bank
Definition: Also, slang for making a lot of money.
Origin: Bank (noun) is defined as money. Slang definition of Bank is 'a great deal of money'.
13. Golden Touch
Definition: Someone with a golden touch (also Midas touch) can seemingly make money from or be successful at anything they do.
Origin: In Greek mythology, Midas or King Midas is popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched to gold; famously known as the Midas touch.
14. Cash Cow
Definition: A product, business etc that generates a continuous flow of money or a high proportion of overall profits is a cash cow.
Origin: Introduced by management guru Peter F Drucker (mid 1960’s). The cash cow has a high market share in a stable or growing market, so the operation may be ‘milked’ for profit as long as its margins and market share can be maintained.
15. Bringing Home the Bacon
Definition: Making money to bring home to your family.
Origin: There are a few debated theories on the origin of this one. One of them goes back to the 1500s, where at country fairs a popular contest involved catching a greased up pig. The prize for catching the pig was that you got to keep it i.e.'bringing home the bacon'.
Also here's an interesting #pigfact: 10 is the average number of piglets born per litter...which is a lot of pig.
This post was originally published in April 2010 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.