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A Question of Nomenclature


IN his notice of Mr. S. Q. Hayes's “Switching Equipment for Power Control” in NATURE of September 16, p. 374, your reviewer, commenting on current Americanese, says: “Electrical engineers talked about ‘omnibus bars’ thirty years ago, it then became ‘bus bars,’ and now apparently it has become ‘busses.‘“ Webster, who may be considered as an authority on the language of that great nation, defines a buss as “a kiss; a rude or playful kiss; a smack,” and quotes Herrick to the effect that: Kissing and bussing differ both in this, We buss our wantons, but our wives we kiss.

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