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The California Gold Rush didn't just inject billions of dollars worth of gold into the American economy. It added to the language, too.

The following words and phrases came into usage during the Gold Rush and are still with us today.

1. Paydirt: In the early days of the rush, 49ers began using this phrase to refer to land that was rich with gold.

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