Nov 19, 2015
Nov 5, 2015
The Greek word taxis from which we get taxonomy,
has no relationship to the Latin word we use for a hired cab, taxi.
The word taxi is a shortened word for taxicab
which itself is a shortened form of the word taximeter cab
which itself is short for taximeter cabriolet.
A cabriolet was a two-wheeled, horse drawn carriage
with a hood that came over to protect the passengers.
The taximeter part was introduced around 1900 as a mechanical device
to measure the amount owed to the driver of the cabriolet.
It was a metered tax on the cab...a taximeter cab...a taxicab...a taxi.