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Re: Branding and messaging


On Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 09:57:27AM +0100, Yeastplume wrote:
> More humbly; I agree ‘quid' is a good word, it rolls off the tongue much better than ‘pound’, so saying ‘thirty quid’ feels more natural than ‘thirty pounds’. Unfortunately it very much remains in common usage in the U.K. I’m not entirely sure how to describe this phenomenon, so without trying to be smart, let me give you an example: Imagine I’m from England and I’ve just made a serious suggestion to you, an American, that the currency should be called ‘bucks’… as in “I’ll give you thirty bucks for lunch”. Nobody says ‘bucks’ in the UK unless they’re emulating Americans for comedy value, so it all sounds jolly amusing, and I give you a few other examples of how the word ‘bucks’ can be used in reference to the crypto currency. Let your reaction to that suggestion wash over you for a bit, (perhaps smile and nod a bit if you’re being polite), and that’s precisely the reaction you’ll get from anyone in the UK or Ireland at the suggestion the currency should be called a ‘quid’.
> With apologies
> -YP

I think this is a pretty serious confusion, and that we should avoid "quid" for this reason.

Andrew Poelstra
Mathematics Department, Blockstream
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