Monday, November 26, 2007

Word of the day: Taximeter.
A taximeter is a gadget that counts up how much your cab fare is, but it is also the cab itself, later shortened to 'taxi'.
The device goes back as far as ancient Rome, says wikipedia. I ran across it in Wodehouse, circa 1915. Can't tell if that was just the usage of the day, or if he's being quaint.
Now that Indianapolis has once again a Republican mayor and council, perhaps I should get in touch with the Institute for Justice (www.ij.org) about re-deregulating taxis in Indy. The process for getting licensed to drive a taxi is slightly less of a
burden than getting admitted to the bar, which in turn is a little easier than getting licensed to cut hair.

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