My mom has been teaching an ESL class in the evenings. One of the students lives near her, and this week, my mom offered her a lift home. The student didn’t understand what she meant by “a lift.” My mom explained it, and the student asked why that was called a lift. My mom had no idea.
So, does anybody know why we call a ride a lift?
And does anybody know of any good online source for information of this type? (I couldn’t find anything too useful via Google.) My mom would like to give the students a better answer than “that’s just the way it is” if she can.
Thanks in advance for your help.