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Funny Money: Zopa rewrites outdated money idioms

Zopa recently took a look at different money idioms and gestures – like asking for the bill by miming signing a cheque, or flipping heads or tails with a coin – and we thought some of them sound a bit old hat, so we’ve re-imagined what they might look like for the future.

As new technology changes the way we invest, spend and lend money; the terms and phrases we use surrounding money are transforming too. So, we’ve created a top 10 list of money idioms that could be labelled as outdated and gave them an update fit for the future.

Zopa’s Top 10 outdated idioms in need of a refresh

We also commissioned famous newspaper cartoonist ‘Jonesy’ (Steve Jones) to illustrate just how transformed our lives might be in the future. Jonesy parodied the top five phrases, depicting each humorously with his own unique and recognisable cartoon style.

A ‘penny for your thoughts’ will be replaced with a ‘Bitcoin for your thought transference’

Each future-looking idiom challenges the status quo. For example, the ‘signing for the bill’ gesture will be redundant soon. Instead, when people have finished their meal, people will be more likely to signal facial or iris recognition to the waiter. Jonesy gives his take and takes it one step further by illustrating a customer displaying his eyeball to request the bill.

Clare Gambardella, Zopa’s Chief Customer Officer, added: “We have changed the way that customers invest money and get loans and are now looking to improve other banking products. We see customer behaviour and expectations changing all around us but we all still use these outdated idioms in our everyday lives. We wanted to know what fresh phrases and sayings will come out of this period of innovation. Jonesy’s future predictions are a great mix of satire and thought-provoking accuracy.”

Jonesy, who created the fun, future-gazing cartoons, said: “You don’t think about it, but so much of our language is based on old sayings that just aren’t relevant any more. This really made me think about how our lives could change in the future.”

Check out all the other cartoons for yourself below

* 1 million dollars was first used in the early 1900s – taking on board inflation, this would now be around 30 million dollars