In a book I’m reading I came upon the word, taxi dancer.
taxi-dancer n. orig. U.S. a woman (or man) whose services as a dance-partner may be hired; a professional dance-partner.
I never heard of this expression before, although, I intuited the meaning by the context of the sentence.
Is it a common word in America?
In my perusal of the word in the OED I learned that taxi-cab derives from taximeter
An automatic contrivance fitted on a cab or other vehicle to indicate to the passenger at any point the distance traversed and the fare due. Also ellipt. for taximeter cab at Compounds (rare).
Taxi-cab became the more popular usage, but now everyone calls a cab for hire simply, a taxi, or just, a cab; I rarely hear anyone calling it a taxi-cab.
Shortly, because taxi-cabs are rapidly losing business, we will call them uber. FWIW, the company was founded as uberCab.