LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/ABR/2006 7:57 AM|
|Assunto:||Caiçara in English|
A beachcomber is someone who walks along the beach, looking for things to salvage (wood, fishing nets, lost items, etc.). "To comb" means "to search for something/someone carefully". (The police combed the woods for the missing boy. We combed the stores in seach for the perfect present.)
A bum is someone who is allergic to work. His goal in life is to work as little as possible.
The big difference is that a beachcomber has to have a beach, he does something although it may not be "real job", and the word is not derrogatory. Beachcombing is a hobby for some people. One of the best places in the world for beachcombing is on the Pacific side of Baja California in Mexico. There is a crescent shape bay there that is famous for being the resting place of all kinds of things swept in by the waves. Bum is definitely derrogatory.
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