Traffic means movement of goods, as in the movie Traffic, about drug trafficking

The movie Traffic tells me that ‘traffic’ means to trade or deal in a commodity or service (definition). Did the police man make a ‘traffic’ stop? Not if I’m not trading or dealing in goods. They call it a traffic stop to convert traveling into a commercial activity, called trafficking, they can then regulate. Trafficking is not just about drugs or humans; it’s trading or dealing in any goods.

Movie poster for Traffic

Similar words that are turned into terms and are abused in everyday language are ‘driving’ and ‘passenger’.

Am I driving? Not if I’m not for hire.

Do I have passengers? Not if I’m not for hire and not if they’re not also paying me.

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  1. There are many words that have different meanings yet are spelled the same. They’re called homographs. For example – pool, bat, lie, discount, fair, and -gasp- traffic! Or do the laws of the English language also not apply to you?

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