Bus is a clipped form of the Latin word Omnibus. The latter name is derived from a hatter's shop which was situated in front of one of the first bus stations in Nantes, France in 1823. "Omnes Omnibus" was a pun on the Latin sounding name of that hatter Omnès: omnes meaning "all" and omnibus means "for all" in Latin. Nantes citizens soon gave the nickname of Omnibus to the vehicle. When motorized transport replaced horse-drawn transport starting 1905, a motorized omnibus was called an autobus, a term still used.
Famous quotes containing the word bus:
“Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur Thou still unravished bride of quietness, then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.”
—Terry Eagleton (b. 1943)
“If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in that bus in Montgomery, shed still be standing.”
—Mary Frances Berry (b. 1938)
“There was an old man from Darjeeling
Who got on a bus bound for Ealing.
It said at the door,
Please dont spit on the floor,
So he carefully spat on the ceiling.”