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English to Spanish translations [PRO] Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:Conductorette
This is the title of a book: Occupation:Conductorette from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I do not know the meaning of the word Conductorette. I can't find it in any other language pair. PLease help! Thank you
Explanation: The English term is the feminine form of "conductor", as in the person who collected fares on trains, trolleys, buses, etc. This was a job that Maya Angelou had as a young woman. Actually, a more formal English word might have been "conductress" (and you might have found a translation for that word) from the days when terms for certain positions were differentiated by gender (not so common now); obviously, MA was being creative with the language here, and coming up with her own "genderized" term.
De joven, fui cobradora en las tranvías de San Francisco.
Linda Grabner United States Local time: 23:52 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 28