Have money on your mind? Ever wonder where the word 'dollar' comes from?
Hot for Words investigates "dollar."
It all started with a silver mine in a small town called Joachimsthal in the 1500s. They made silver coins called Joachimsthalers - what a mouthful!
Soon locals shortened the term to "thalers" [pronounced taler, with a long "a"], which the Dutch morphed into "dalers." From there it's just a short leap over to "dollars," which the English used for all foreign coins. Then when America gained independence, they chose the word "dollar" for their money.
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