Ayrton Senna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After the racing driver.

Noun[edit]

Ayrton Senna (plural Ayrton Sennas)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Tenner (ten pound note)
    • 1995, Time Out London Guide,[1] Penguin Books, ISBN 9780140248739, page 245:
      An Ayrton Senna (tenner) buys you 15 minutes of madness at Daytona & Indianapolis.
    • 2002, Manfred Görlach, Still more Englishes
      Youngsters now talk of borrowing an Ayrton Senna (tenner), of feeling Calvin Klein (fine) or being Terry Waite (late).
    • 2004, Mervyn Stutter, Getting Nowhere Fast:
      You take this hundred quid in used Ayrton Sennas and I'll be off in the old Camilla Parker-Bowles.[1]
    • 2008, Alfred fox, Anna's Story: Basset Mead, page 24
      “Here, an Ayrton Senna. Now if you can get the crisps and Pepsi, don't forget the mints, I'm going to get a 'nother name.”
    • 2012, John Philips, Who Cares Who's 3rd?: (Or 2nd for That Matter), page 346
      Thank you sir - an Ayrton Senna it is - every little helps
      The weasel nodded vacantly, ruing the loss of his only tenner

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Ayrton Senna”, Eric Partridge et al., The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, Volume 1 (A-I), Taylor & Francis (2006), ISBN 9780415212588, page 57.