LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/JUN/2011 11:32 AM|
Ônibus pinga-pinga - Regular/normal/usual/standard bus, compared to Express buses, in fact pinga-pinga denotes a certain sarcastic lean, sometimes indicating a slight impatience with the fact that this bus service runs slower than the express bus service (kinda saying "snail bus", if we compare with the term snail mail). There´s also an analogy with filling up a bucket with a faucet dripping, it takes awhile to do it. Same applies to getting to the destination in this bus, since it is always stopping to pick up more passengers.
Standard buses stop at any village or city where a passsenger needs to take the bus or get off, speaking of interstate buses.
Speaking of non-interstate transportation (city buses) They operate in a slower schedule than the Express Buses, because they make way more stops than the former, and don´t take quicker routes (like in Rio de Janeiro´s Avenida Brazil, that has a express route and the normal lines of the expressway alongside).
In some cases, regular buses and city express buses share bus stops, but the Express buses have separate stops (at downtown sections of the city, more residential areas, and outer boroughs.)
Well, I am almost "playing by ear" here, so more comments and corrections are welcome.
The term snail bus, is not in dictionaries or mainstream press, it was coined by me, just to give the idea to some possible native English speaker or more advanced learner than me. If there´s another concise word or sentence, feel free to share with us.
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