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Who Taught You to Drive?

Driving lingo etymology, Part 1

Our driving lexicon has thousands of entries, most of which are self explanatory: A windshield protects you from wind; a rear-view mirror points backward.

But who put the station in “station wagon?” Why is New Jersey eponymous with highway barriers?

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