On the radar: “note”

Bill, as in currency; e.g., ten-dollar note.

The grandest was the $10,000 note – the largest denomination ever issued by the United States Treasury. (New York Times, June 17, 1990)/As a three-fer (President, saint, writer), Lincoln could have the two-dollar note all to himself. (Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker, February 19, 2007)

2 responses to “On the radar: “note”

  1. If you take a look at the one-dollar bill in your pocket, you’ll see that it calls itself a

    FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE

    and says

    THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

    The word “bill” is nowhere to be seen.

  2. We don’t need ‘note’ when we’ve got ‘bill’ ! The possible confusion between bill-how-much-I-owe/bill-the piece of currency just adds to the possibilities for double meanings. Go us!

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