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 ;)
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