The Taxi, the Cab – a Dif­fer­ence of Words

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Is there any real dif­fer­ence be­tween a taxi and a cab? Well, if you stay in Delhi or an­other metro, then for you the dif­fer­ence is in the im­age that you make in mind. The word ‘cab’ will cre­ate the im­age of a white or aqua/green sedan, while for taxi the first im­age is that dated car in black and yel­low. How­ever, to get the facts cor­rect, there isn’t any dif­fer­ence. In fact, all ra­dio cabs have got a glow light that reads ‘taxi’ on their rooftop.


The ear­li­est form of horse-drawn ve­hi­cle avail­able for hire was called a ‘cab’ (short for ‘cabri­o­let’). The name al­tered when cab firms up­graded to mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles, fit­ted with a ‘taxime­ter’ (got its name as the UK govern­ment levied a small tax on dis­tance trav­elled by each taxi), which mea­sured how far you had gone. These were called ‘taxis’. Nowa­days ei­ther word is used. In the UK, the word ‘taxi’ is used for the ones that run on diesel en­gines with a high roof that has a rack to ac­com­mo­date bag­gage. These are also known as black cabs or black taxis. These taxis are a rar­ity now. The term ‘mini­cab’ there is used for stan­dard pas­sen­ger sa­loon cars that are avail­able for hire and are now pop­u­lar.

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