LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||15/JUL/2007 11:55 AM|
|Assunto:||Tirolesa e arborismo|
A shuttle is a means of transportation between two areas. It could be a bus, train, tram, airplane, spaceship, or whatever. When you go to Disneyland, you park your car and take a tram to the front gate. The tram is your shuttle. In Downtown Los Angeles they have a shuttle service take office workers and shoppers from their cars or bus stops to their offices, restaurants, stores, etc. The shuttle is a small bus called DART (Downtown Area Rapid Transit). If you are in Rio and want to fly to Gramado, it can be done. You can take a normal airplane from Rio to Porto Alegre, but from there you would transfer to a smaller plane that would be your "shuttle' to the much smaller airport in Gramado. From the airport, a taxi could act as your shuttle to your hotel.
A tram in the USA is typically a series of cars pulled by a tractor-like vehicle. The cars are open on the sides (to permit easy boarding) but usually have roofs to protect passengers from rain. Some trams run on tracks or rails, but that is not common. Most trams have tires.
As you can see, the term tram is rather specific. If you ask someone to draw a sketch of a tram, he can do so without hesitation. If you ask for a sketch of a shuttle, however, you could be given a sketch of a bus, train, tram, airplane, spaceship, etc.. A tram can be a shuttle, but a tram cannot be a bus. A bus can be a shuttle, but a bus cannot be a tram. While shuttles tend to take you from Point A to Point B, trams often take you on tours, bringing you back to the place where you started. If you go to Universal Studios, for example, you will visit the movie sets on a tram, not a shuttle. The tram will take you from Point A to Point B to Point C to Point D to Point E and finally back to to Point A where you started. It is most definitely not a shuttle.
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