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  • n. A plural of bus.

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  • n. Plural form of bus (alternative spelling of buses).
  • n. Plural form of buss.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bus. Alternative spelling of buses.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of buss.


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  • Looking at the ngram viewer for buses versus busses, there's a shift where the usage of busses was dropped in the 1920's
    Looking at google books, it seems to be a case of people arbitrarily picking one spelling.

    Link to Buses/busses/spelling google book search for the 1920's:

    A quick search shows several letters to editors of magazines.
    " I am a great stickler for proper spelling, and I wish these signs could be put in capable hands and spelled "BUSSES."

    August 23, 2015

  • I added this in the plural because I'm not quite sure how the singular is spelled--though I suspect it would be "buss" so I'll add it there too. Anyway here's the usage:

    "...there were occasions when Jack was tempted to ask his way of the many fishermen, English and Dutch, who haunted those perilous banks in their shallow-draught doggers, schuyts, busses, howkers, and even bugalets, and who made his progress all the more uneasy by lying across his hawse until the last possible minute or suddenly looming out of the darkness without a single light so that he had to throw all aback." --Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate, 285

    February 9, 2008

  • Hooray for kisses! But the yellow child transporters are buses.

    December 24, 2006