Want to be green?
Want to lower unemployment?
Keep your boots dry?
Then why not bring back the palanquin:
That's the Emperor Muhammad Shah being carried in a palanquin by Ladies. ca. 1735, Collection Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Ahmedabad.
Actually, a covered palanquin might be even nicer, though it looks rather hard work to carry:
Still, think of how much quieter, more carbon-free, and less, well, rushing, the rush hour would be if we took palanquins instead of the taxis.
The main pleasure, though, it would be being able to use a simply beautiful word.
Word To Use Today: palanquin. There is another form, palankeen, but that's not as lovely. Both words comes from the Portuguese palanquim, from the Prakrit pallanka, from the Sanskrit paryanka, which means couch.