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Post by FANTAS » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:48 pm

Some slang is used by very few people as a joke, "euricos" and "heróis" are occasionally heard.

"Heróis" is the portuguese word for "heroes".

Eurico is a diminutive for euro, like eurinho or eurito. It's used because it is also a person's name.
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Post by bocky » Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:29 pm

Also "aérios" (aerials?) is used, probably to make fun of the way some older people say "euros".

By the way, "juro" means "interest" in portuguese (like the % the bank gives you every year for having money there).

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Post by Matesi1976 » Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:38 am

In Greece, there is no uniform way of showing prices in euros, or of quoting an amount in euros in everyday speech.

The Hellenic Republic Ministry of Development has issued a few official guidelines, some of which were replaced already by newer ones. At first, it was left to everybody to use whichever method they would prefer. Then, people started complaining that they could not get used to noticing the eurocents (officially called "lepta" in Greek, the singular form being "lepto") on the prices; the original lepta (the hundredths of the drachma) were out of use for many years.

The government replied with a rather bizarre guideline. Prices were to be quoted as, for example, €1.234,56Λ, the Greek capital letter lambda (Λ) being a symbol for lepta. In 2004 this system was officially abandoned in favour of 1.234,56 €. In practice, though, one will encounter the official price notation only in larger stores. In general, one can see "2,50 euros", or "euros 2,50" in either Greek or Latin alphabet and with either a comma or a dot for decimal separator. "2,50 e" (with a Latin e) or "2,50 E" are also widespread. Somebody should remind people here that the euro sign is derived from the Greek epsilon and that the euro banknotes display the name of the currency in Greek (ευρώ)...

When quoting a price, one would officially say "2 euro and 50 lepta". Normally, you hear "2 and 50", or "two and a half euro".

Personally, I use "€2,50" (with comma) in all cases.
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