Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 23:16:16 +0900
From: Akihisa Shibuya db6a-sby[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ASAHI-NET.OR.JP
Subject: Re: Money Talks (movie title)
At 10:20 PM 97.8.24 -0400, Barry A. Popik wrote:
MONEY TALKS is the title of a new movie starring Charlie Sheen and Chris
Tucker. The full phrase is often "Money talks--bullshit walks."
Does anyone have a "money talks"? I couldn't find it in Bartlett, nor in
American Heritage. It was in, ah, Robert Hendrickson's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORD
AND PHRASE ORIGINS:
MONEY TALKS. Now a folk saying rather than slang, _money talks_ means that
wealth is power, or money buys anything. Though it is probably older, no one
has been able to trace the phrase back before 1910. J. D. Salinger used it
in _Catcher in the Rye_ (1950): "In New York, boy, money really talks--I'm
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (1992) has "Money talks."
with the first citation in 1666.