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pajamas and "xia che"
Now I'm confused....|
First, let me clarify the pajamas thing: I didn't mean to imply that there's anything WRONG with wearing pajamas to the supermarket. Actually, I totally agree with Andy's point. Having never seen pajamas worn to the supermarket, and having never even thought about it before, when I first saw it, I thought it was pretty strange and funny. But, upon further reflection, I ask myself the question, WHY NOT??? Not being able to come up with any good reason "why not," I have come to accept it and stop the snickering. Although I have not yet tried wearing pajamas to the supermarket myself...
(May I also note that my Chinese wife is not so easily convinced. She thinks those who wear pajamas out are displaying their own laziness.)
As for yelling "xia che!" -- Freeman, I'm really confused by your comments on this. Why is this typcially Chinese? Why should or would this habit ever fade out? I do it myself when I want to get off the bus; is there some reason I shouldn't?
I guess it doesn't happen on buses in the U.S. that often, cause there's a little button that you push that rings a buzzer that tells the driver that you want to get off. Without this gizmo, I suspect that Americans would also yell, "stop, please" or something to that effect when they want to get off a bus.