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STOP!

Drawing of a traffic signal aka stoplight

Quick – without thinking about it… what would you call the device in this picture?  A “Stoplight” – right?

But that’s not really the correct name, is it?  To be accurate, you should really call it a “Traffic Light” or something similar.  Yes, it does signal “Stop”… but it also signals “Slow Down/Caution” and “Go” just as well.

But still, most people I know would instinctively refer to it as a Stoplight.  Why is that?

I mean, it certainly isn’t a big deal.  It’s nothing that I’m going to lose any sleep over.  But it is kind of curious, and frankly, I needed something to write to go along with posting this picture that I drew ;)

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One response

  1. As a collector of said street furniture, I’ve called them “traffic lights” since I was a kid. “Traffic signal” is also acceptable among us collectors. It’s just that “stop light” sounds so pedestrian. Kick-ass picture.

    December 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

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