Entries from June 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Etymologies: French Cabbies Are Revolting #Uber

News that French taxicab drivers were protesting the presence of the sharing-and-caring car service Uber by engaging in the French national sport of setting cars on fire, got me thinking about the French origins of the word “taxicab.” According to the OED, a cabriolet (“applied not only to the original vehicle so named and its […]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Longstanding Southern Addictions

Three addictions have afflicted the American South since the antebellum era: Tobacco, whiskey, and an aggrieved sense of entitlement.