[Ads-l] Antedating busboy (bus boy) and "omnibus boy"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 12 07:36:18 UTC 2017

WG:  << So, _bus_ is from "omnibus" and _bus boy_ is from "omnibus boy,"
both are "for everybody." >>

WB:  Here's how I look at it.  (*vehiculum) omnibus > bus (public
transportation for all social classes).
Bus boy (restaurant factotum).

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