Here at TaxiFareFinder, we receive many comments regarding how the word, “taxi”, is the most common word amongst the most languages. We had no reason to doubt this claim; however we took it upon ourselves to do a bit of research. Here’s what we found out.
We used Google Translate to translate “taxi”, and out of 64 languages, it looks like twenty-two use “taxi” and eight “taksi.” Wait a minute…should we consider “taxi” and “taksi” the same? Are we comparing the spelling or the sound?
Of course, the problem with this research is that in many languages (or in the country they are spoken in), they may all phonetically be “taxi”. It is also possible that colloquially, these countries use “taxi” or “TAXI”, but the translator may not indicate this.
So, our conclusion, we are proud to say, is INCONCLUSIVE!
Arabic: سيارة أجرة
Chinese (Simplified): 出租车
Chinese (Traditional): 出租車
French: de taxi
Gujarati: ભાડાની મોટરમાં જવું
Haitian Creole: taksi
Kannada: ಬಾಡಿಗೆ ಮೋಟಾರು ಕಾರು