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Bus vs. Buss

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Have you ever wondered about the differences between public transportation and public displays of affection? Chances are good that you haven’t because those two things are not related to each other. The words buses and busses are almost identical, though, and they each describe one of those actions. Thus, if you want to describe your morning commute accurately to a coworker or classmate, you will need to know the difference between these words.

In this post, I will compare buses vs. busses. I will use each of these words in an example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a memory trick that will help you decide whether to use buses or busses in your own writing.

Origin:

The word bus originated from early 19th century: shortening of omnibus. The word buss originated from late 16th century: alteration of late Middle English bass (noun and verb), probably from French baiser, from Latin basiare.

Bus as noun:

Bus is used as a noun in English language where it means a large motor vehicle carrying passengers by road, typically one serving the public on a fixed route and for a fare.

She boarded the bus at 9 PM.

Bus as verb:

Bus is also used as a verb in English language where it means to transport in a communal road vehicle.

Staff were bussed in and out of the factory.

Buss as noun:

Buss is used as a noun which describes kiss.

The little girl was showered with busses by her mother.

Buss as verb:

Buss is also used as a verb and it means to kiss someone.

He bussed her on the cheek.

Examples:

New vehicles and routes and added frequency have helped draw people on to buses this winter. [Financial Times]

In many cities around the world, there are simple established rules for riding buses. [New York Times]

Aucklanders will be waiting until November at the earliest to use a single card on buses, trains and ferries.  [New Zealand Herald]

Five school busses were required to transport Pueblo’s Heaton Middle School’s 180 band members and their equipment Saturday. [Canon City Daily Record]

Putnam County will provide shuttle busses to transport persons between the parking area and the funeral home. [Press release quoted on Patch]

Bus or buss:

Bus and buss both of these spellings refer to nouns and verbs—but different nouns and verbs. Bus is used in the context of transportation. Buss is a different words that means kisses. What is the plural of bus? If you are referring to transportation vehicles, the plural is buses. If you are referring to kisses, the plural is busses. You should always use buses in the context of transportation. Busses is a misspelling in these situations. And in most cases, kiss is a better choice than buss. Remember, buses does not double the S like kisses. Since both buss and kiss contain a double S, you will always know that these words are synonyms.

 

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