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Jan. 10th, 2019 | 07:57 am

grosz (GRAWSH) - n., a Polish coin equal to 1/100 of a złoty.


Since POland isn't yet on the Euro, this is a current currency. The word comes (via Polish) from groschen, a coin of the Holy Roman Empire, from Latin [denarius] grossus, thick [penny].

an older 1 grosz coin
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Nehama

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from: med_cat
date: Jan. 11th, 2019 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Interesting, and thanks for the etymology :)

Grosh used to be a Russian coin too, and the word survives in old sayings

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Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

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from: prettygoodword
date: Jan. 11th, 2019 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Grosh/groschen were all over central and eastern Europe, and even down into Turkey. I think (though I'd have to double-check) this is the last current currency.

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Nehama

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from: med_cat
date: Jan. 13th, 2019 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Makes sense; thanks for the info

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