The Meaning of the Word “Taxi”

Today is National “discover what your name means day”, so in proper spirit of this holiday we are sharing with you the meaning of the word “Taxi”. Enjoy!

The name “taxi” is has been shortened from “taxicab”, which is derived from the two words: “taximeter” and “cabriolet”. The taximeter was invented in 1891 and is used to record distances and calculate the fare. Cabriolet refers to a horse drawn carriage where the driver stands in the back of the carriage. The name “taximeter” itself is derived from the Mid-Latin “taxa”, meaning “tax or charge”. The first documented use of the word “taxicab” was in March of 1907 in London.