Here's a glossary of some of the abbreviations and terms used on this Twitter feed, both taxi and non taxi related.
A number of these terms originate from the days when I was driving a taxi fitted with a two-way radio, with which you could talk with The Controller and also banter with the other drivers. One of the conditions of the Department of Trade radio licence was that no obscene langauge was to be used and it was said that sometimes these frequencies would be monitored. Thus, a slang all of its own developed. These terms, used almost exclusively on the radio are marked (R).
1/1, 3/6 19/21 and so on
These indicate positions on The Rank, The Queue for The Rank and The Queue for The Queue for The Rank. At night, these are referred to as The Rank and The Night Rank, with the queue regularly stretching all the way back to The Spoons form Ock Stret. 1/1 is also Pole.
Ambulance service personnel or vehicles, locally provided by South Central Ambulance Service. Occasionally, you see military vehicles travelling around town in this capacity. Australian slang, originates from my time in Australia in the 1990s. Also used by my third favourite Radio 4 show BBC World Tonight, to mean ambassador.
Bilking, bilk, bilker
Making off from the taxi, without paying.
Friendly nickname for the town of Abingdon, where @theabingdontaxi is based.
Breakfast - "you can see what she had for breakfast" (R)
Wearing a very short skirt
Where the taxi driver in front of you on The Rank declines a job and it comes to you, usually because the passenger is only traveling a short distance. Not permitted and usually accompanied by an excuse like "I've got a booking in ten minutes, mate."
Where a taxi driver gives a passenger his business card at the end of the journey, often used in a derogatory sense, where a driver has covered a job for someone else and then tries to poach that driver's customer.
"Carrying her two young children under her arms" (R)
Very large breasts.
Dinner - "you can see what she had for dinner" (R)
Wearing a very low cut top.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal: 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps are based at Vauxhall Barracks in Didcot, scheduled to close in 2028.
Fire service personnel and vehicles, provided in Oxfordshire by Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service. Australian slang, originates from time spent in Australia in the 1990s.
Good job home. When you get a job, either off the telephone, the rank or flag down, which takes you in the direction of home, at the time you wanted to go home. See also VGJH.
Large hands (R)
Life before taxiing
Modified tweet: where you retweet (RT) someone else's attributed tweet and modify it, to shorten and/or add your own comments.
"One gold coin"
Modified tweet: where you retweet (RT) someone else's attributed tweet and modify it
A long distance job. Usage of this term might be restrcited, geographically.
Retweeting somebody else's tweet into your own timeline. Can be done either by clicking a button in your Twitter client, or manually, by cut and paste.
A soldier in the British Army. Located just outside Abingdon, a £7 taxi fare from the town centre, is Dalton Barracks, known colloquially as 'The Camp'
Random real world meeting of Twitter users, happens from time to time in the taxi.
Meeting of Twitter users, in the real world, can be informal, but usually organised.
Very good job home. When you get a job going to your own district, at the time you want to go home. See also GJH.
WVM or WVW
White van man, or woman