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Comment from: Sean [Visitor]
A Russian friend of mine told me that капуста is slang for cash, similar to how cabbage is slang for cash in the UK.
08/22/11 @ 08:11
Comment from: Leonid [Visitor]
Yes, капуста is slang for cash. However, it is just one of the slang words for money. Russians use a lot of other names. The exact choice of a word depends on the social background of the speaker and on a situation too.
09/08/11 @ 19:32
Comment from: David Emerling [Visitor] Email
I found the following construction odd:
— С чем пирожки?
— С капустой.

Doesn't this mean something closer to "What are you having with the pirozhki?"

Does this sentence make sense: "Какие это пирожки?" That's how I would have said it, but then again - I'm a Russian speaking neophyte. :)

Don responds: «С чем пирожки?» normally means “What kind of filling do the pirozhki have?” It's grammatically possible to say «Какие это пирожки?», but the other phrase is more common.
09/08/11 @ 21:00
Comment from: katya [Visitor]
Kapusta didn't mean just money, it meant dollars 10-15 years ago. Dollars is green, kapusta is green. For many years just $, now when the "iron curtain" is open, any kind of money.
12/10/12 @ 16:31
Comment from: Artyom [Visitor]
Never did капуста mean dollars; only money in general.

Dollars were referred to as зелёные, баксы, and in cash smugglers spheres as "первый номер" – Number One, as the most widely spread and most important currency; also, German MArk was called Второй номер – Number Two.
01/21/13 @ 07:49
Comment from: Original [Visitor]
Капуста, in Russia, nowadays, means money, in 90% of the situation cash. This term in it's figurative sense - money, is used also, in a lot of post soviet countries such as Moldova.
05/31/13 @ 02:42

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