The ISIHAC
Bankers' Jargon Page

Last Updated
06 Jan 2007

On the BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, one of the rounds includes suggestions for examples of Bankers' jargon, along with a translation. Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)

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How may I help you? = Go ahead punk, make my day! Chester
03 Dec 1994
Interest = Lack of interest. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Balance = Tipped in our favour. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Students welcome = You're welcome to students. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Your PIN number is in the post = We're still working on a number you'll never be able to remember. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Mr. Jolly, your manager, has taken early retirement = Mr. Jolly is fed up with having to check everything with head office & not use his discretion based on local knowledge built up over many years, & is to be replaced by a 9 year old with no powers whatsoever! Chester
03 Dec 1994
The Listening Bank = What? Chester
03 Dec 1994
The bank that likes to say 'yes' = Piss off! Chester
03 Dec 1994
Index linked = Stuck to my finger. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Should you require further information... = It'll cost you. Chester
03 Dec 1994
Can you borrow £10,000? = Can you borrow £10,000? - You can borrow £10,000,000 if you're a big fat crook with Mafia connections! Chester
03 Dec 1994
Barclays have just published their version of the Kama Sutra - There are 12 positions, but 10 of them are closed! Chester
03 Dec 1994
(d?) after venue signifies a query regarding the Date of broadcast,
(??) signifies a query regarding Venue of broadcast


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