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English translation: traffic-light seller

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04:42 Apr 7, 2007
English to English translations [PRO]
Marketing - Marketing / Market Research
English term or phrase: robo-vendor
- South Africa’s ‘robo-vendor’ project allows people to earn a living by selling our products at traffic lights in the country’s major cities. Each vendor is trained in money handling, the rules of the road and first aid.
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Waleed Mohamed
United Arab Emirates
Local time: 08:50
English translation:traffic-light seller
Explanation:
"Robot" is a South African term meaning "traffic lights". The robo-vendors are people taking advantage of the fact that cars stopped at the red lights to sell drivers items such as drinks, or to clean thier windscreens.
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Ian Davies
Australia
Local time: 14:50
Grading comment
Thank you Ian and all!
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4 +7traffic-light seller
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traffic-light seller


Explanation:
"Robot" is a South African term meaning "traffic lights". The robo-vendors are people taking advantage of the fact that cars stopped at the red lights to sell drivers items such as drinks, or to clean thier windscreens.

Example sentence(s):
  • Don't be surprised when being given directions if you are told to 'stop at the robot'. (No we don't have robots patrolling our streets, 'Robot' is a South Africanism for traffic lights).

    Reference: http://www.sa-venues.com/general_info_nationwide.htm
Ian Davies
Australia
Local time: 14:50
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 20
Grading comment
Thank you Ian and all!

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agree  Richard Benham: Yes and a geyser is a water heater. I saw that used without explanation in some bumf for visiors.
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agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
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agree  PB Trans: Yes, I've seen them in West Africa also.
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agree  Erich Ekoputra
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