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Monday, November 27, 2017

Definitions for mazuma

  1. Slang. money.

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Citations for mazuma
"Have you got any mazuma?" "I beg your pardon, sir?" "Don't beg my pardon, it makes me nervous. Mazuma, mazuma, the old dough-re-mi, bread, the old filthy lucre ..." ... "Money," Whip Gunther said bluntly. Mack Reynolds, Space Search, 1984
... in the mean time if you need any mazuma I always got a little roll tucked away in my sock. Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Efficiency Expert, 1921
Origin of mazuma
Mazuma “cash” is an American slang word of Yiddish origin. The Yiddish original is mazume or mezumen, from post-Biblical (Mishnaic) Hebrew mǝzummānīm “ready money, cash,” from mǝzummān “prepared.” Mazuma has always been associated with pulp detective stories and men wearing double-breasted suits and fedoras, except for the spectacular exception of Hopalong Cassidy, the cowboy created by the U.S. author Clarence E. Mulford (1883–1956). The prose Hopalong was much cruder than William Boyd’s smooth portrayal in the movies of the 1930s and ‘40s. In Mulford’s Coming of Cassidy (1913), Hopalong says to Sammy Porter, “Money...It's that shiny stuff you buys things with. Spondulix, cash, mazuma. You spend it, you know," (spondulix is not a term in cowboy talk, either). Mazuma entered English in the early 20th century.
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