Do children understand the importance of money

Why do you also say peeps, mice, toads or coal when you think of money?

"I'll get 10 more mice from you!" - hardly anyone thinks of the small rodents. Of course we mean money: 10 mice are 10 euros with us. But where does the name mice come from? Or gravel, moss, toads and coal? There are tons of names for money! We'll clarify for you where these come from:

Moss and mice

These terms for money have nothing to do with plants or animals! And they come from the same source: Both words are derived from the Hebrew word mâ¿ôth. It means "coin" and was pronounced "ma-ot". Many Jews who lived in Europe in the Middle Ages and worked there as traders and moneylenders pronounced the word differently, namely "ma-os", and from this the words moss and mice developed. The color of many coins actually resembled the color of small brown field mice.


The main thing here is an outward similarity. The gray pebbles look a bit like silver coins, both in color and because of their size.


Again the animal has nothing to do with the origin of the word. "Toads" is derived from the Dutch word "groten" for groschen. In the past, people in Germany also paid with groschen, and that's how "groten" have become toads here with us.


During the 19th century, coal became an important part of the economy. You could heat with coal and drive steam engines and locomotives. Coal was valuable. "He's got money" at some point became "he's got money".

But why so many names?

What we haven't clarified yet, is why there are so many terms for money. It has something to do with the crooks' secret language. So that no one - especially not the police - would notice what they were talking about, the crooks used expressions that only they could understand. At some point, however, these descriptions have passed into everyday language.