currency lad or lass


currency lad or lass
A native-born Australian. In the early days of the Australian colony English gold pieces were called sterling, but there were also 'inferior' coins from many countries. These were called currency. The 'sterling' British-born immigrants used the word currency to belittle the native-born Australians, but the Australians soon used it of themselves with pride. First recorded 1824.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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