Dylan Byers at Politico is smelling a traffic breakthrough by burrowing after MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell about Wawagate.
The news generated a tremendous surge in Twitter traffic, with tweeters in California, New York, and Texas leading the charge.
“About 30 seconds and traffic started going, but no one blew their horns,” Johnson told the grand jury.
That officer believed my fair-skinned son was white, according to the traffic citation I examined.
Despite growing discontent, most attempts to mobilize Egyptians to topple their leadership aroused little more than traffic jams.
We happened then to cross the street, and the traffic prevented us from speaking.
Their only thought was of traffic, and of carrying it on by the shortest road.
Look at traffic lights and door locks and all the security systems on television and in the movies.
In the early summer, the Indians came by hundreds, in fleets of canoes—men, women and children—to this great mart of traffic.
Every increment in the St. Louis traffic, moreover, was surely theirs for ever.
c.1500, "trade, commerce," from Middle French trafique (mid-15c.), from Italian traffico (early 14c.), from trafficare "carry on trade," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Vulgar Latin *transfricare "to rub across" (from Latin trans- "across" + fricare "to rub"), with the original sense of the Italian verb being "touch repeatedly, handle."
Or the second element may be an unexplained alteration of Latin facere "to make, do." Klein suggests ultimate derivation of the Italian word from Arabic tafriq "distribution." Meaning "people and vehicles coming and going" first recorded 1825. Traffic jam is 1917, ousting earlier traffic block (1895).
1540s, from traffic (n.) and preserving the original commercial sense. Related: Trafficked; trafficking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the "k" sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. picnic/picnicking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).