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problems with some words


problems with some words
I wonder how should I name a couple of things in English
1. what īs the English for a minibus (minicoach)  that takes scoolkids to the nearby swimming pool? Can I call it a swimming bus (since we have a school bus/ airport bus etc). It may be tricky because  van or other vehicle serving as a travelling library for communities without access to a library is called a mobile library (or books on wheels)  so I am not sure whether "swimming bus" is the right word
2. what would you call the action of taking schoolkids from their home to the swimming pool? swim driving? swim drive? I mean the fact that schoolkids are picked up by the byus and taken to the pool
have a nice weekend!

17 Nov 2012      

Pauline Burke MSc

Shuttle bus is often used for this sort of thing. But usually when it is on a loop.
For example airport carpark shuttle bus. Beach shuttle. 

Or transport.
School transport service for example.
Pensioners shopping transport.


17 Nov 2012     


Hi Jarek
We just say bus - we will go to the pool by bus.  Our school hires 60 seater buses for this purpose.  If it is a bus that only goes between the pool and other places on a set route then it is a shuttle bus as Pauline explained.  So, you might then call it the pool shuttle bus or simply the shuttle bus or shuttle.
Swimming bus and swim drive/driving are not words we generally use even though some might.

17 Nov 2012     


Thank you very much for your help!

18 Nov 2012