Talk:Water taxi

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aquatically inclined taxi![edit]

Since September 11 last year, this article has included the name aquatically inclined taxi as a valid synonym. The name was added by an anonymous editor on 68.237.25.154. I've googled that exact phrase, and the only hits are this article and two obvious mirrors. And it just sounds too contrived to be real. I apologise if this is a real term, but I'm going to assume it is vandalism and remove it. -- Chris j wood 17:29, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Scheduled water taxis[edit]

I'm intrigued by the definition of a water taxi here. To me (a UK english speaker) a water taxi is a boat that operates for hire, much as a taxi does on land. It would never occur to me that a water taxi would operate scheduled services; I'd call a boat doing that a water bus.

I have in my travels come across the company called 'New York Water Taxi' that operates scheduled services (and is illustrated in the article) but company names don't always accurately reflect current activity, and at the time I just assumed this was a historical hangover, or similar. Can anybody cite a source for the use of the generic term 'water taxi' to refer to scheduled service?. -- Chris j wood 17:39, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

A trawl of google web sites suggests this is indeed a 'North American English' / 'Commonwealth English' issue. North American references to water taxis are very likely to scheduled services, although there are also examples of on demand taxi type services. References elsewhere (principally in the UK, Australia and New Zealand) are exclusively on demand. I will copy edit the article to cover both 'water taxis' and 'water buses' and cover the terminolgical differences in the article. -- Chris j wood 14:02, 26 July 2007 (UTC)