"Dinheiro não tem cheiro."

Translation:Money has no smell.

September 10, 2013


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Comes from latin "Pecunia non olet ".

Titus, son of the Roman emperor Vespasian, had criticized a tax on public lavatories. Vespasian held a coin from the first payment to his son's nose and asked him whether the smell was offensive. Titus said no. Vespasian replied ‘And yet it comes from urine’

September 15, 2013


Thank you ☺

November 10, 2018


Works in Spanish as well. But this bit of wisdom is downright untrue. According to some reliable studies, up to 94% of bank notes in Spain have traces of cocaine.

February 9, 2016


I think that's exactly why it's true... Did you not read the origin story? How do you think anyone gets rich (short of being born that way)? Trickle down economics? Faith in the church? Some other myth made up by rich people? You have to charge people to pee and sell them whatever their misguided noses desire.

January 28, 2018


There are two ways to get rich. Get others people money and/or get their workforce...

November 10, 2018


What does this mean?

September 10, 2013


Well, Sadness has kindly pointed out the origin of the phrase. It has come to mean that "the value of money is not tainted by its origins": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecunia_non_olet. Although some police forces investigating money laundering crimes are unlikely to agree.

September 25, 2013


If it is an expression, i've never heard before... it sounds just a random sentence...

September 11, 2013


It exists in Russian too

September 3, 2014


It's a well known expression in English and other languages like my native Norwegian :-)

August 7, 2014


I'd never heard it in English until now.

January 3, 2015


"Money doesn't smell"

January 11, 2015


L'argent n'a pas d'odeur. Money is always good to take, it does not matter where it comes from. (As long as it comes from a legal source). 2015-05-06

May 6, 2015


Ah but it does smell. Have you ever actually smelled a dollar? Ew!

August 23, 2015


Dutch: geld stinkt niet.

October 20, 2015


Geld stinkt nicht...

November 10, 2018


In Italy we usually keep it in latin but we use it too

July 6, 2018
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