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Entry from October 08, 2012
“Money talks, but credit has an echo” ("Money talks, but credit uses sign language")

"Money talks” (meaning that money has influence) is an old financial saying, cited in print in various forms to before 1700. “Money talks, but credit uses the sign language” (that is, most people don’t understand credit terms) is a saying that has been cited in print since the early 1940s.

“Echo” often follows “money talks.” “Money talks, but ail some of us get to hear is the echo” was cited in print in 1914 and “They say that money talks, but to most of us it will never be more than a faint echo” was cited in 1981. “Money talks, but credit has an echo” was credited in 1992 to Bob Thaves (1924-2006), author of the Frank and Ernest newspaper comic strip. The saying probably means that creditors repeatedly give notices (like an echo) of the money that is owed to them.


14 January 1914, Anaconda (MT) Standard, “Luke McLuke Says,” pg. 6, col. 4:
Money talks, but all some of us get to hear is the echo.

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Esar’s Comic Dictionary
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Harvest House
1943
Pg. 157:
Money talks, but credit uses the sign language.

16 January 1945, New Castle (PA) News, “Hints and Dints,” pg. 4, col. 3:
“Money talks, but credit uses the sign language.”

9 January 1981, Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald, pg. 3, col. 4:
STILL, SMALL VOICE
They say that money talks, but to most of us it will never be more than a faint echo.

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The Reader’s Digest
Volume 141, Issues 843-848
1992
Pg. 177:
Money talks— but credit has an echo. — Bob Thaves, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

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At Knit’s End:
Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
North Adamas, MA: Storey Publishing
2005
Pg. 261:
Money talks — but credit has an echo.
— BOB THAVES

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Discover God’s Upside-Down Economy
By Edward William Bartlett
Xulon Press (xulonpress.com)
2006
Pg. 301:
Money talks— but credit has an echo.
Bob Thaves

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (2) Comments • Monday, October 08, 2012 • Permalink


Very True.. Although different people have cited it differently the meaning is the same.. Money Talks..

Posted by Cherry Kitchen Cabinets  on  10/09  at  03:43 AM

This is funny. I know that a lot will relate to this quote. I had a fun and interesting read.

Posted by rat poison  on  10/09  at  09:39 AM

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