Etymology Harry Nathaniel Allen of The New York Taxicab Company, who imported the first 600 gas-powered New York City taxicabs from France in 1907, coined the word "taxicab" as a contraction of "taximeter cabriolet". "Taximeter" is an adaptation of the French word taximètre, coined from Medieval Latin taxa, which means tax or charge, together with meter from the Greek metron (μέτρον) meaning measure. A "cabriolet" is a type of horse-drawn carriage, from the French word "cabrioler" ("leap, caper"), from Italian "capriolare" ("to jump"), from Latin "capreolus" ("roebuck", "wild goat").
As a kid I used to sprawl on the floor of my parent's house with our brick-heavy World Books spread out in front of me. I would skip from topic to topic and volume to volume for hours. I felt limitless: a conqueror with all the world's knowledge tangibly at my fingertips. Knowledge had weight, then. It had a faint but distinct smell, a thin, silky, gilt-edged smoothness and came bound in nubbly leather,
If you never had that, you missed out on something,