Robot, South African usage

Passing this along—the usage is so implausible to me that I am surprised again every time I happen on it.

Thanks,
-Ed.

One Response to “Robot, South African usage”

  1. Jacob

    According to this (https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2017/07/24/the-real-reason-south-africans-call-traffic-lights-robots/) they were originally called “robot policemen”, which was truncated to “robot”. That seems plausible — I know that some refer to speed bumps as “sleeping policemen”.

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