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Taxi! 計程車

A man walks by a row of taxis in Cairo.
開羅一名男子行經一排計程車。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO : AFP

Have you ever wondered where the word "taxi" comes from? Do you know why taxis are painted yellow?

The word "taxi " comes from the word "tax." Every year you have to pay the government money for taxes. The amount of money you give the government is based on how much money you make. Riding in a taxi is very similar because the amount of money you pay the driver is based on how far he or she takes you. The drivers "tax" you, so their cars are called taxis.

The first yellow taxis appeared in New York around 1907. A man there was buying taxis from France to use in the city. He found out that yellow is the easiest color to see from far away, so he painted all of his taxis yellow. Ever since then, yellow has been a popular color for taxis. (Marc Langer, staff writer)

你曾經想過「Taxi」(計程車)這個字源自何處嗎?你知道計程車為什麼要漆成黃色嗎?

「Taxi」這個字起源於「tax」。每一年你都得繳稅給政府,稅金是依據你的收入多寡而定。搭計程車也非常類似,因為你付給司機的錢是依照那位司機的開車距離。計程車司機向你課稅,所以他們的車子就叫做「taxi」。

一九○七年左右,紐約出現了第一輛黃色計程車。當地一名男子從法國買了幾輛計程車在紐約使用。他發現黃色是從遠處最容易看到的顏色,所以就將所有計程車全部漆黃。從那時起,黃色就一直是廣受歡迎的計程車顏色。

(翻譯:賴美君)

Quick Quiz 複習測驗

1. Who do you pay taxes to every year?

a. Your parents.

b. Taxi drivers.

c. The government.

d. Your school.

2. Why were taxis first painted yellow?

a. It is a pretty color.

b. Yellow is easy to see.

c. Yellow paint is cheap.

d. Taxis in France were yellow.


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