Good question! I had no idea and could give no answer. A quick look at wikipedia, and we learned that the word ‘bus’ is the shortened form of the Latin word ‘omnibus‘.
One etymology (the study of the origin of words) holds that “omnibus” 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 motorised transport started replacing horse-drawn transport in 1905, a motorized omnibus was called an autobus, a term still used today. Wikipedia
Questions from curious kids – why do we have two ears? Grown up’s initial response – so we can tell where sounds are coming from? After searching around to find out for sure, here is a clear explanation from healthy hearing.com…… Read more...
We’ve just spent a few sunny days in London, travelling around the city on the tube. We noticed that some tube stations were really busy whilst some were pretty quiet, and so we wondered: ‘Which is the busiest tube station in London?’
Answer: Waterloo. Waterloo station also has the most escalators – 23!
You can read more facts and figures about the tube on the Transport for London website here.… Read more...