On an early morning walk in Kununurra last week we spotted this sign and were highly amused:
Especially because it was outside a school.
Then we began to wonder if the sign was right and we were wrong – should there be one s or two in the middle of the plural of bus?
Is it buses or busses?
My spelling, like that of Pohh Bear’s friend Wol, can be wobbly but I was reasonably sure that buses looked right and busses didn’t unless it was a verb. My farmer who spells well and the friends who were with us thought so too.
I was all set to post this photo with the caption sign of the times and ask what’s the world coming to when school signs are spelled incorrectly.
Then I checked the Concise Oxford Dictionary and found: Bus n (pl*-ss), read further and became more confused because the entry read . . . for use by buses.
I then checked what the asterisk meant and discovered it denotes spelling chiefly used in the U.S. (often also Canadian, Australian, etc.).
I think that means the sign was right in Australia but as the four of us are New Zealanders we were right to think it looked wrong.