Origins of the word “bus”

Chances are, if you have never spent more than 10 minutes around Matt Lawrence and his mates at university, the word “bus” will signify a large vehicle used to transport a large number of passengers to a common destination, hence a noun. However, those lucky enough to come across the illustrious and aforementioned Matt will know that “bus” is actually an adjective used to describe someone who is aesthetically ugly.

This word cannot be dismissed as just a “slang” word that grannies will sneer at and turn their noses up at. Oh no. This word has mixed origins. First of all, some [more narrow minded] scholars believe this word to be just a mere abbreviation of the colloquial term “butters”. However, the word “bus” has a slightly richer meaning than that plebeian term. “Bus” more often than not will be used to describe someone who is not only aesthetically displeasing but also someone who “rates” their own looks. Hence, an ugly arrogant person.

In this way, a simple abbreviation of “butters” does not do justice the term “bus”, no sir. The real origin of the term dates back approximately 2000 years to the Romans, “bus” derives from the original latin term “superbus” which translates as “arrogant”, encapsulating the concept of “bus” in a much better way.

In short, to use the term “bus” is to demonstrate that you are nothing but an extremely cultured man who descends from the great lineage of the Kings of Rome. Lawyered.


3 thoughts on “Origins of the word “bus”

  1. Sorry, I beg to differ. When I attended school in the 1960’s I was taught that ‘bus’ was an abbreviated form of ‘omnibus’. As all classicists will attest, ‘omnibus’ is the dative plural of the third declension adjective, ‘omnis’. ‘Omnibus’ therefore literally means ‘for all people’.

    Lucius Tarquinius Superbus ( not to be confused with Tarquinius Priscus ) was actually the 7th and final King of Rome from 535BC to 509BC, although I am fairly certain he had no connection with Matt, ‘butters’ or the number 7 bus from Russell Square to East Acton.

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