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By Jeff A. Benner

The Hebrew word for "taxi" is מוֹנִית (mo'niyt) and the plural form of this word is מוֹנִיוֹת (mo'niy'ot). As there were no taxis in Biblical times, obviously, this Hebrew word was created in the last century. But like all new Hebrew words, their root words can be found in the Bible. In the case of mo'niyt, the root word can be found in the following passage.

And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: So that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then may thy seed also be numbered. (ASV, Genesis 13:16)

The root of this word is מנה (M.N.H, Strong's #3021), meaning to "count." This root was chosen for the word "taxi" by the Academy of the Hebrew Language for the reason that a Taxi "counts" the miles (or kilometers in Israel) the taxi travels to determine the passenger's fare.

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