Weird Word: Jitney

by on Dec.16, 2013, under Weird Words, Writing

Jitney

Noun

  • A small bus or minibus which typically operates service on a fixed route, sometimes scheduled.
  • An unlicensed taxi cab.
  • A shared-ride taxi.
  • A small coin, a nickel.
  • Very inexpensive.
  • A fraudulent arrangement whereby a broker who has direct access to an exchange executes trades on behalf of a broker who doesn’t.

Example Usage:

It was a jitney, that was it is an inexpensive ride, had space enough for two, and was completely untraceable, that would likely get them there.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Here’s a word that has no idea what it wants to mean. Sure half of the meanings relate to some kind of public transportation but each meaning is very different. I also have the distinct impression this word is a British word, even though its etymology is very specifically American, relating to a 5-cent coin used for busses and taxis.

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