Tuesday, February 8

K1000 = "1 Pin"

Tip of the day: If you want to sound like a local, refer to "1000 Kwacha" as "1 Pin" or "2000 Kwacha" as "2 Pin" (not 2 Pins").

In the 1990's, the Kwacha devalued so rapidly that the government didn't have time to produce new, larger bank notes. To pay for things, Zambians often had to bundle -- or "pin" together -- large numbers of small bills.

Don't be surprised if you meet an urban Zambian who talks like he's straight outta Compton: Hollywood's tendrils are long and powerful. (Amusingly, the "10 Grand" or "10 G's" they might refer to equals about $2.)