Why Are Cars Called Whips?

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Cars are not traditionally called whips in the 21st century, but when they first became popular and a part of every day life, cars were called whips due to the former means of transportation--horses with buggies and wagons. Whips were used to control the direction and speed of the horses, and steering wheels were used to control the direction of the car, hence earning the wheel the name whip and eventually that name caught on for the entire vehicle.
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