LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/MAR/2005 6:17 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: Pebble-dashed semis|
People crammed into = People in something that is too small for their number. If a VW is made for four people and you have six people in it, the people are "crammed into" it. If you have seven people living in a one-bedroom apartment, the people are "crammed into" it.
pebble-dashed (also "rock dashed") = This is a style of stucco (estuque) wall finishing. In the stucco applied to the walls, you can see tiny pebbles (small rocks). This gives the stucco a rough appearance and texture.
semi = In the United Kingdom a "semi" is a duplex, two houses sharing a common wall. The implication is, I believe, that the houses are not expensive, not luxorious.
In the USA a "semi" is a large, two-part truck (the "trailer" is pulled by the "tractor"). We can assume that the sentence comes from British English, not American English.
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