One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shilling.‘word starts spreading they can't earn a deener’
- ‘It's really lovely, worth much more than a deener, I'm told.’
- ‘It's only a deener!’
- ‘A call it a deener, Jimmy, otherwise a bob, a shilling.’
- ‘One thing about him, though, he knew how to make a deener on the side.’
- ‘A three-course meal for a deener—who'll have one?’
Late 19th century: probably a corruption of denarius.
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