Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 23:16:16 +0900 From: Akihisa Shibuya 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 >not kidding." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (1992) has "Money talks." with the first citation in 1666. Akihisa Shibuya Kawasaki, Japan