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Traffic Tampon

compounding traffic and tampon; noun
A person who drives in the incorrect lane for their speed on the freeway, causing a halt in the flow of traffic.
 
The term is an analogy comparing a driver in a car to a tampon which slows the flow of blood during a female's menstrual cycle. The driver of the slow car drives under the speed limit, effectively slowing down the normal flow of traffic. This usually makes other drivers on the road unhappy which results in this potentially offensive term.
Etymology : Traffic comes from 15th century modern French word "traffico" meaning trade or commerce. The Arabic word "tafriq" meaning people and vehicles coming and going is likely the more direct origin of the modern day english word involving cars. The origin of tampon is Modern French in 1848 meaning plug.
Source : "Gah! There is always that one person on the road who has to be the traffic tampon!" Conversation on the freeway with a friend- October 2011
Last modified: 5 December 2011


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