||Re: But what does SPIELDENNER mean? (nt)
||Jim Young (guest, 188.8.131.52)
||October 19, 2005 at 3:28:24 PM
||But what does SPIELDENNER mean? (nt) by Andy ;—)
Some outlandish thoughts on Spieldenner.
An old German dictionary of mine has the word DENER, which it explains as "denarius". Now I don't think the Germans ever had a coin called a denarius, but I'm open to correction.
However, this word, in various forms, seems to have kicked around Europe and been used to signify money, or sometimes a coin of a certain value. Examples - dinero, Spanish for "money"; denaro, something simlar in Italian; dinar, the currency of the dimembered Yugoslav Republic; deaner, English slang for a shilling.
Could dener have been used in Germany, or parts of Germany, as an everyday word for money, or a particular sum of money? If so Spiel-Dener might be a nickname for a gambler. I'm thinking for comparison of an English surname, Wimpenny, which means "win penny".
Incidentally I've checked for the spelling Spieldener on the web, with positive results.
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