[Ads-l] "short-bus people"

dave@wilton.net dave at WILTON.NET
Thu May 20 13:06:25 UTC 2021

I recall the phrase "short bus" from my New Jersey school days in the 1970s.
Here's a cite from 1994:
Petrie, Ron. "Tak a Cup o' Kindness for Auld Lang Syne." Leader Post (Regina, Saskatchewan), 31 December 1994, A3. ProQuest: Historical Newspapers.
The writer recalling his boyhood days as a Scottish immigrant to Canada and speaking with a thick accent:
"'Special' is what the [speech] pathologist calls you—'Special Ronnie'—but deep down you know that soon you'll be riding the short bus to school."
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Pretty certain we had a short bus for special ed students in my small, rural hometown that dozens of regular sized busses coming in from the country in the 1960s.

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