Wednesday, 20 February 2019


A quid is one pound sterling, although the term is sometimes used to refer to other currencies. Historically it also referred to chewing tobacco. Eugh.

To make a quick quid is to earn some money in an easy manner, either honestly or otherwise. eg When Fred saw what John was up to he realised he could make a quick quid by promising to keep quiet.

To be quids in is to be in a position to profit from something, usually in a finacial manner, but it can refer to other benefits. eg Being the only taxi driver who owned snow chains meant Cheryl was quids in during the bad weather.

Anyone described as not the full quid isn't considered very bright.

Thanks to Alyson (whose support of this blog is beyond price) for passing on the details of this flash fiction competition. It's free to enter and the prizes are membership of The Writers' HQ and places on one day writing retreats (with alternatives if you can't attend). Reading the competition details I was startled when I saw the first mention of money as it was in quids, not dollars. Until then I was sure I was reading about a U.S. organisation.

I can remember when a quid could be folded and was considered proper money, not loose change – can you?


Bea Charles said...

Hi Patsy, I’d have a few more quid on the bank if only I could win some of the writing competitions you share.
(By the way, the link to the current competition isn’t working, it takes me only to Alyson’s Twitter page.)

Patsy said...

Ooops – thanks for letting me know. Think I've fixed it now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just don't confuse it with squid and try to fold one of those.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - I know the quid ... and remember the paper ones ... but our words certainly have lots of meanings - cheers Hilary

klahanie said...

I also remember when a quid was in a paper form. I was thinking of coining a phrase or two.


Patsy said...

@ Bea – I could do with winning a few myself!

@ Alex – No, that wouldn't go well.

@ Hilary – we're lucky to have such a rich language (see what I did there?)

@ Gary – just don't go changing!