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Old 09-12-2006, 01:10 AM
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Robot = Traffic light?


I have a colleague at work who has moved here from South Africa. Whenever she mentions the robots (i.e. traffic lights) it always brings a smile to my face. It just seems like such an unlikely description.

Does anyone know the origin of this usage? Could it possibly refer back to the times when traffic lights had those mechanical arm things?

And is the robot = traffic light usage unique to South Africa?
 

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