Who of us has not had thoughts of winning money. When I was a kid in the 1960’s, a friend of mine won $135 on bingo night. That totally impressed me. I was about thirteen years of age at the time and got paid only $5 to mow a yard. It would take me all summer to earn as much as he won in one night. I think it cost about $10 to enter the bingo tournament. His parents entered him in the tournament, something mine would never have even considered.
I attended a conference one time in Vegas and meandered through some of the casinos to check things out. I don’t know how to gamble, so I passed the time watching others lose their money. I heard some commotion at one of the craps tables. I put a quarter down to place a bet, and maybe learn how to play. One of card dealers asked me what I was doing.
“I’m placing a bet,” I told him. “Not here,” he said, adding, “See that guy with the dice? He won over $1,000,000 last night. Some of those chips of his are $10,000. You can try your luck at another table.” I retrieved my quarter and looked for another way to lose my 25 cents.
I bought a lottery ticket for a dollar one time when the jackpot was over $100,000,000 but forgot to check if I had won or not. That’s about it for me as far as winning money. Yet, I think it about often, that is, if I ever were to win money in Vegas or the lottery. I think we all do.
I included on the Treasure Trove board game a situation whereby a player can win money. The following card is a play on words, but still fun for the player drawing the card. In Korea, the currency is called the “won,” just as we have the dollar.
It is interesting how some words have an easier time becoming universal words than most others. Moolah seems to be one of those unique words that caught on as people from different languages and cultures throughout the word use it to convey money. I don’t know if I hear it as much as I once did but I’ll bet if I did use it in conversation people would know what I was referring to: money.
I believe I was in junior high when I first heard one of the friends of my older brother ask someone if they had enough moolah for the show. When I asked what that meant, they gave me the look that I was dumb for not knowing it meant money. I just assumed it came from another language.. Similar to aloha I thought, so it must mean money in somebody’s language, probably from the Hawaiian people. I never gave it much thought.
It turns out no one for sure knows where the word moolah originated, much less what it actually means. I could be mistaken but my limited internet research revealed that the islanders of Fiji, not Hawaii, referred to money as ‘moolah.’ I also cannot confirm this but have read that they still do. The currency used on the Fiji islands is the U.S. dollar.
Moolah has a nice sound to it and I wanted to place that little factoid into the board game TreasureTrove. The following is one of the 12 situation cards related to Australia. Each of the continents has their own 12 situation cards.
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