OzTech
Topic Author
Posts: 106
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:08 pm

Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:04 pm

Well, what is the correct plural for Airbus????

Let's assume that the aforementioned object is "male" (Latin) to narrow the argument ok...
The Boeing plural is an easy one so let's not even go there ok... (Go there = American colloquialism = One of the Hilton sisters)
Your thoughts from my learned aerophiles please,
No defect too big, no defect too small, nothing in the log --- No defect at all !!
 
User avatar
dvincent
Posts: 1486
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:53 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:07 pm

A regular bus is "Buses" in plural. Airbuses is correct.
From the Mind of Minolta
 
User avatar
Zkpilot
Posts: 3679
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:21 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:09 pm

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
A regular bus is "Buses" in plural. Airbuses is correct.

  
However, Airbus is a name so in theory it could be Airbus's depending on what you are talking about... ie "It is Airbus's goal to beat Boeing" but "there are two Airbuses over there".

[Edited 2007-10-19 08:13:12]
56 types. 38 countries. 24 airlines.
 
cygnuschicago
Posts: 518
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:34 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:18 pm

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
A regular bus is "Buses" in plural. Airbuses is correct.

Hmmm, could've sworn that I read that the Chicago Transit Authority was ordering some new bi  Wink
If you cannot do the math, your opinion means squat!
 
A520
Posts: 103
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:12 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:38 pm

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
A regular bus is "Buses" in plural. Airbuses is correct.

It depends in which language.

In French the plural of bus is bus. So it should be Airbus!

Not sure about German, Spannish or other languages though.
 
Boeing747_600
Posts: 605
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 1999 4:01 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:59 pm

It is in general incorrect to say either Boeings or Airbuses to indicate the plural of the type. The correct usage would be Boeing aircraft or airbus aircraft (note that aircraft is its own plural)

Examples:

I saw five Airbus aircraft parked on the ramp at JFK

Four Boeing aircraft took off from CDG within a few minutes of each other.
 
AeroMexico777
Posts: 157
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:07 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:59 pm

HI

In spanish would be:

Airbuses (Like aerobuses)

Regards, AeroMexico777
"When the hope of dying becomes the only reason to live..." Die Laughing (Gothic), Safe little world.
 
User avatar
yowza
Posts: 4275
Joined: Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:01 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:27 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
However, Airbus is a name so in theory it could be Airbus's depending on what you are talking about... ie "It is Airbus's goal to beat Boeing" but "there are two Airbuses over there".

Spot on. There is no need to try force Latin where it does not belong. In my experience only obnoxious, pretentious wankers do this.

YOWza
 
FlySSC
Posts: 5179
Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2003 1:38 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:30 pm

1 Airbus
2 Airbus
3 Airbus
4 Airbus
.
.
.
.
.
.
12596 Airbus.
 
cygnuschicago
Posts: 518
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:34 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:46 pm

Well, since "Airbus" is the brand, there is not really a plural. The correct would be "Airbus aircraft", or "Airbus airplanes".
If you cannot do the math, your opinion means squat!
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:50 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
However, Airbus is a name so in theory it could be Airbus's depending on what you are talking about... ie "It is Airbus's goal to beat Boeing" but "there are two Airbuses over there".

The question is about plurals - no place for apostrophes here.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
Airbuses is correct.

 checkmark 
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
User avatar
dvincent
Posts: 1486
Joined: Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:53 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:56 pm

I should clarify my comment; in that what I'm saying is from the perspective of a Northeast American English speaker. The point about Airbus as a brand probably stands and "Airbus Aircraft" is probably correct. However, we say "The Boeing is over there" or "The Airbus is landing." These are all proper and correct in their context. I tend not to use the manufacturer names in reference to the aircraft as much as possible - I tend to say "The 747s are landing next." I only use the manufacturer names when I don't know the specific type.

After all, it's perfectly fine for me to say "There's a line of Pontiacs over there" when I see a bunch of Pontaic cars lined up. It's perfectly valid.

As far as "It is Airbus' goal to beat Boeing" the posessive of an S does not need another S after the apostrophe. IE, The Princess' glass slipper is in that house. But that's off a different topic completely.
From the Mind of Minolta
 
USADreamliner
Posts: 1211
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:33 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:06 pm

Quoting AeroMexico777 (Reply 6):
In spanish would be:

Airbuses (Like aerobuses)

Disagree with you.

"Cinco Airbus" is correct. NOT "Cinco Airbuses".
 
masseybrown
Posts: 4414
Joined: Wed Dec 11, 2002 2:40 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:16 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 10):
The question is about plurals - no place for apostrophes here.

Apostrophes are correct with single letters or acronyms. Examples: There are two t's in letter. The flight crew included three FA's.
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:25 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 13):
Apostrophes are correct with single letters or acronyms. Examples: There are two t's in letter. The flight crew included three FA's.


Yes, but not with Airbus - which, correct me if I'm wrong, this thread is about.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
BrianDromey
Posts: 1932
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:23 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:32 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
Airbus is a name so in theory it could be Airbus's depending on what you are talking about...

I think it would be Airbus' surely?

What I am far more confused by is the name of the aircraft itself is it:

Airbus A320 or Airbus 320, what do Airbus aircraft have on the certification documents?

Assuming the A is a shortened form of "Airbus" do we really want to say, "Airbus, AirbusA320", as in "Airbus 320, manufactured by Airbus" i.e. if Embraer ever manufactured the A320 would the we call it the "Embraer A320" as in "the Airbus 320, manufacturered by Embraer" ?

Cheers,
Brian.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
 
birdbrainz
Posts: 423
Joined: Fri May 27, 2005 6:57 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:41 pm

Quoting A520 (Reply 4):
In French the plural of bus is bus. So it should be Airbus!

Only if you're writing in French. If you're writing in English, it should be "I saw three Airbuses and five Boeings parked at Terminal E."

Btw, saying "Airbuses" and "Boeings" is just as correct as saying, for instance, "There were three Volkswagons, two Porsches, and five Ferraris parked in front of the store." I don't think anyone would dispute that sentence. Oh wait, I'm on A.net, where everything (including whether a tire is round or not) is disputed.
 duck 
A good landing is one you can walk away from. A great landing is if the aircraft can be flown again.
 
USADreamliner
Posts: 1211
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 1:33 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:14 pm

Airbus is a name, a brand.

you can say: I saw five airplanes. But, no need to say : I saw five Airbuses. Just say: I saw five Airbus.
 
User avatar
mariner
Posts: 18115
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2001 7:29 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:19 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 7):
There is no need to try force Latin where it does not belong. In my experience only obnoxious, pretentious wankers do this.

Or people with a sense of humor.  Smile

mariner
aeternum nauta
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:19 pm

Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 17):
Airbus is a name, a brand.

you can say: I saw five airplanes. But, no need to say : I saw five Airbuses. Just say: I saw five Airbus.

What, so you would say "there are six Ford in that garage?" Of course not, you'd say there were six Fords.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
User avatar
OA260
Posts: 20991
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:50 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:23 pm

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 15):
I think it would be Airbus' surely?

What I am far more confused by is the name of the aircraft itself is it:

Airbus A320 or Airbus 320, what do Airbus aircraft have on the certification documents?

LOl... I would say Airbus.

They bought 29 Airbus A340's

They bought 29 Airbus aircraft.
 
SEPilot
Posts: 4919
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:21 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:32 pm

Why not make it Airbeese (as in geese)? After all, why be constrained by precedent?
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler
 
MadameConcorde
Posts: 9199
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:08 pm

Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:28 pm

Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

I had a good laugh with this one!! Or is the plural Airbii?  Big grin

Makes me think of Olympus. Should we say 4 Olympus engines (as on Concorde) or 4 Olympii?

What is the plural in Latin (grammatically speaking)?
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
speedygonzales
Posts: 518
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:01 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:16 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 22):
What is the plural in Latin (grammatically speaking)?

The latin plural would be Airbi/Olympi. Airbii would be the plural of Airbius.
Las Malvinas son Argentinas
 
User avatar
mariner
Posts: 18115
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2001 7:29 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:25 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 22):
What is the plural in Latin (grammatically speaking)?

Oh, Madame, that's the can of worms that started the joke.

Generally, Latin nouns ending in "us" take "I" as the plural. So there is one hippopotamus, but two hippopotami.

So some people claim that the true plural of "omnibus" should be "omnibi" - others say it isn't, because "omnibus" is already a plural (it involves verbs used as nouns and the dative case ).

Anyhoo, a couple of language experts, playing language games, wondered if Airbi is the plural for Airbus. They decided it wasn't, but others took it more seriously.

Despite the "us" ending, "Airbus" is not a Latin word - it is an invented name - so the Latin rules don't apply. But language people play games all the time.

Example: "Guy" means literally, men, but somehow it has become generic and now applies to women as well, as in "you guys".

But that raises the question: if a woman's a guy what's a doll? And should the Broadway musical be renamed "Guys and Guys", which would give it a whole other meaning.  Smile

mariner
aeternum nauta
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:27 pm

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 21):
Why not make it Airbeese (as in geese)? After all, why be constrained by precedent?

Because that would just be silly  Smile
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
OHLHD
Posts: 2903
Joined: Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:02 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:56 pm

Quoting OzTech (Thread starter):
Well, what is the correct plural for Airbus????

Good questions. I always use Airbus not Airbusses since it is the manufactures name and not actually a " bus ".

So one should actually say 3 Airbus aircrafts, isn´t it?

The spellcheck also do not have a word Airbusses.  Smile

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 8):
1 Airbus
2 Airbus
3 Airbus
4 Airbus
.
.
.
.
.
.
12596 Airbus.

 bigthumbsup 
 
tdscanuck
Posts: 8572
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:25 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:01 pm

Quoting OzTech (Thread starter):
Well, what is the correct plural for Airbus????

Officially, even in North American English, you shouldn't plural it at all. Airbus as a noun refers to the company, of which there is only one so there isn't a plural form. Airbus as a brand is an adjective, so you should say "Airbus aircraft", not "an Airbus". You wouldn't say "A yellow."

In conventional English we shorten the brand adjective to a noun all time time ("Three Fords") but that's not actually correct usage.

However, this is all for the grammatophiles...for pure good sound, I love "Airbii."

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 15):
Airbus A320 or Airbus 320, what do Airbus aircraft have on the certification documents?

The certification includes the "A". Legally, it's an Airbus A320-xxx.

Tom.
 
BrianDromey
Posts: 1932
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:23 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:16 pm

Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 27):
The certification includes the "A". Legally, it's an Airbus A320-xxx.

Finally! A clear answer, it has been bugging me for a bit! I guess we could have an Embraer A320 then!

Cheers,
Brian.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
 
Carls
Posts: 194
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:22 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:17 am

Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 12):
Disagree with you.

"Cinco Airbus" is correct. NOT "Cinco Airbuses".

You are right. Because Airbus is not the subject, it is the brand, so the plural should be Airbus Airplanes.

Technically:
In Spanish Cinco es plural, so Airbus should be Airbuses.
 
wukka
Posts: 884
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:08 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:11 am

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 26):
So one should actually say 3 Airbus aircrafts, isn´t it?

Negative.

Aircraft is one of those words in the English language that is both singular and plural.

There is no such word as "aircrafts"; therefore it should be, "three Airbus aircraft" (since numbers under 10 should be spelled out, which opens up a whole different discussion)!

Isn't this fun!  Big grin
We can agree to disagree.
 
OHLHD
Posts: 2903
Joined: Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:02 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:15 am

Quoting Wukka (Reply 32):
Aircraft is one of those words in the English language that is both singular and plural.

You learn something new everyday. I did not know that actually. Thanks for that.  Smile
 
lrdc9
Posts: 263
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:27 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:19 am

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
However, Airbus is a name so in theory it could be Airbus's depending on what you are talking about... ie "It is Airbus's goal to beat Boeing" but "there are two Airbuses over there".

You could say: See the planes over there; all 3 three are airbus A318s.

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 21):
Why not make it Airbeese (as in geese)?



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 22):
Or is the plural Airbii?

I like these ideas more though. Sometimes I say airbii like, 'I'm thinking Airbii'  smirk 
Just say NO to scabs.
 
Jerald01
Posts: 151
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:35 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:12 am

I can see the news flash now:

"Two Airbus Airbusii Collide In The Sky!

Two Airbus Airbuses collided in the sky over the city today, with large pieces falling onto three Metropolitan Transit Authority busii. One Airbus Airbus was landing and the other Airbus Airbus was taking off. Joe Schmuck, Airbus's Airbus airboss, said an electrical bus on one of the Airbus's main bus busted, thereby causing the bus to burst.

More details on the 6 o'clock news......"

 crazy 
"There may be old pilots, and there may be bold pilots, but there are darn few green cows"
 
tdscanuck
Posts: 8572
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:25 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:24 am

Quoting Jerald01 (Reply 35):
Two Airbus Airbuses collided in the sky over the city today, with large pieces falling onto three Metropolitan Transit Authority busii.

If the plural of cactus is cacti, shouldn't the plural of bus be bi?

Quoting Jerald01 (Reply 35):
an electrical bus on one of the Airbus's main bus busted, thereby causing the bus to burst.

And here we go down the rabbit hole...

Tom.
 
nema
Posts: 479
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:18 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:58 am

Quoting A520 (Reply 4):
In French the plural of bus is bus. So it should be Airbus!

In reality, the French dont really have a say in anything, well being a True Brit thats my thoughts.

Quoting A520 (Reply 4):
Not sure about German, Spannish or other languages though.

Neither is anyone else

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 5):
I saw five Airbus aircraft parked on the ramp at JFK

Yep, my first thoughts too. The plural of Airbus is Airbus.

Fun post for a change, nice on OzTech
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
 
tcfc424
Posts: 444
Joined: Mon Nov 17, 2003 11:56 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:34 am

This is a fun thread, thank you, OP. I realize what everyone here has said already, about Airbus being a brand (noun) and all of that. I also know as a ramper, that we more often regard it as the "320's" are over there, the "319's" are over there, etc.

That said, wouldn't it matter in what context in which the plural is used?

Is it Airbus' fault their rudder system is faulty on the 300? Are those Airbus's engines inop? How many Airbus are there? When are the Airbuses coming to CRP?

There are Proper nouns (Airbus), there are possessive nouns (The Airbus's engine), there are plural nouns (Those Airbuses) et al. The proper usage however, I truly believe resides in TLS...maybe they can tell us.

While we're at it, why is Berlin TXL?
 
AirframeAS
Posts: 9811
Joined: Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:56 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:53 am

Here in the states, we call it 'Scarebus'.   

[Edited 2007-10-19 22:54:21]
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
 
rampart
Posts: 1798
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2005 5:58 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:04 am

Quoting Birdbrainz (Reply 16):
including whether a tire is round or not

It's tyre, being originally an English word, and tyres may or may not be round, depending on how you are driving.

 Smile

-Rampart
 
MadameConcorde
Posts: 9199
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:08 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:19 am

I like Scarebus. Thinking I will be on a Scarebus inaugural next week!  Big grin
This is a fun thread!

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 39):
Here in the states, we call it 'Scarebus'.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
ba1978
Posts: 113
Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2004 2:25 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:35 am

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 19):
What, so you would say "there are six Ford in that garage?" Of course not, you'd say there were six Fords.

Ford, just like Boeing and Airbus is a brand and therefore there is no plural, we only have one Airbus, like we only have one Coca-Cola.

When there is more than one of their products, to be grammatically correct we should say there are 3 Airbus/Boeing aircraft or 5 Ford cars. Any pluralisation on a brand is theoretically wrong, and therefore Boeings, Airbus, Airbuses etc are also wrong. We are just lazy when we speak and adapt our language to try and conform with the general rules of pluralisation.
There are other ways and there's British Airways
 
nema
Posts: 479
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:18 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:41 am

Quoting BA1978 (Reply 40):
What, so you would say "there are six Ford in that garage?" Of course not, you'd say there were six Fords

Nah, i aint having that... you would say that theres a Ford in that garage oh and by the way, there are five more too.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
 
David L
Posts: 8547
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 2:26 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:56 am

Quoting SpeedyGonzales (Reply 23):
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 22):
What is the plural in Latin (grammatically speaking)?

The latin plural would be Airbi/Olympi. Airbii would be the plural of Airbius.



Quoting Mariner (Reply 24):
Despite the "us" ending, "Airbus" is not a Latin word - it is an invented name - so the Latin rules don't apply. But language people play games all the time.

It's not entirely invented, though. It comes from "bus", which itself comes from the Latin "omnibus", meaning "for everyone". So it comes from Latin but not from a noun so there's no plural. The plural of the Anglicised word "bus" is "buses".

Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 27):
Airbus as a noun refers to the company, of which there is only one so there isn't a plural form.

It depends on whether you're referring to the company or the product. When you say "I saw three Fords", you don't mean you saw three Ford companies, you mean you saw three Ford cars.

Quoting Lrdc9 (Reply 32):
Sometimes I say airbii like, 'I'm thinking Airbii'

Even if it had been a Latin noun, the plural would have been "Airbi" or "Airbus", not "Airbii". The "-us" would either be replaced by "-i" or by "-us".

 
Farrhad
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon May 28, 2007 12:18 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:53 am

Quoting A520 (Reply 4):
It depends in which language.

In French the plural of bus is bus. So it should be Airbus!

Not sure about German, Spannish or other languages though.

 checkmark 
i agree since airbus is French it should be Airbus
Airbusses also does not sound wrong.......................  airplane 
 
User avatar
breiz
Posts: 1416
Joined: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:12 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:39 pm

Quoting Farrhad (Reply 43):
i agree since airbus is French it should be Airbus

It is maybe time to remind that Airbus ASA is formally a Dutch company, and that due to its shareholders and assembly plants, it is really an European company.
The reports from Toulouse and about the French politics around Airbus, are only one part of the story.
 
SEPilot
Posts: 4919
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:21 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:47 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 25):
Because that would just be silly

And you have a problem with that?
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:51 pm

Quoting BA1978 (Reply 40):
Ford, just like Boeing and Airbus is a brand and therefore there is no plural, we only have one Airbus, like we only have one Coca-Cola.

"How many cokes did you want?" Asked the barmen.

Quoting NEMA (Reply 41):
Nah, i aint having that... you would say that theres a Ford in that garage oh and by the way, there are five more too.

No I wouldn't.

Quoting Farrhad (Reply 43):
Airbusses also does not sound wrong....................... airplane

....no, but you have the wrong spelling - it's Airbuses.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
RussianJet
Posts: 5982
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:15 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:56 pm

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 45):
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 25):
Because that would just be silly

And you have a problem with that?

Naturally I do! I would never say or write anything silly!  Wink
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
 
jamincan
Posts: 572
Joined: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:28 am

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:48 pm

Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 34):

If the plural of cactus is cacti, shouldn't the plural of bus be bi?

Of course, the big 'but' here is the fact that you're talking about the English language, which shirks convention at every opportunity. While there are a multitude of examples of words that retained their Latin form in the plural:

datum - data
alumna - alumnae
matrix - matrices
axis - axes
forum - fora
criterion - criteria
medium - media
radius - radii

On the other hand, some have inconsistent usage depending on context:

appendix - appendices/appendixes
antenna - antennae/antennas
formula - formulae/formulas

In other cases, the plural has taken on the predominate use:

agenda
algae
candelabra
opera

And then there are the host of words with Latin origins that have been anglicized. In this case, it would be pertinent to note that 'bus/buses or busses' and therefore the colloquial 'Airbus/Airbuses or Airbusses' would fall under that category. Of course, noting the irregularity of the English language, if enough people were to start using 'Airbi' (as seems endemic on this forum) or even 'Airbii", as ridiculous as that is, that form of the word could gain currency and become an accepted form of the plural for Airbus. It's all a rather democratic system.
 
Door5Right
Posts: 691
Joined: Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:29 pm

RE: Is It Airbus, Airbi, Airbuss Or Airbusses?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:51 pm

It is Boeing - never Airbus!  Wink
My soul is in the sky...

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: BlueSky1976, BobMUC, Google [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], HALtheAI, Humberside, KLDC10, LCKip, LeCoqFrancais, lh346, ManuCH, ojas, PanzerPowner, Tedd and 194 guests