Taxi apparently is short for taximeter which is borrowed from the french word taximetre, and which is probably based on the earlier german word taxameter. Taxi and taxicab were first recorded in 1907. Taxameter in 1894 and taximeter 1898.
Oct 08 04, 7:49 AM
The meter / metre bit of taximeter is originally Greek. The taxi bit comes from Old French taxer from Latin taxare (to appraise), ultimately from tangere (to touch). The term taxi was originally taximeter cabriolet, referring to a horse drawn vehicle that could be hired for journeys, and which was fitted with a measuring device to indicate the fare to be paid.
Oct 08 04, 1:19 PM
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