>I’ve used today’s word (buss) in a past manuscript and had critique partners ask if it was a typo. Some circled the word and left a (?) notation in the margin. Buss can be used as a noun or verb.
“Poor baby.” He leaned in to buss her cheek. (used as verb)
The buss she gave him at the end of their date was less than encouraging. (noun)
Yes, buss is pronounced just like bus, but can you deduce what buss means?
If you’ve guessed KISS then you’re correct! Several online dictionaries revealed only the word kiss as a definition. I’ve always understood buss to mean a quick, soft touch of the lips, such as you would give a baby or child (as in my sentence above) or a family member as a greeting.
The MSWord dictionary feature labeled buss as “regional.” I’m originally from Texas, but my vocabulary is a result of much reading and crossword puzzles, so I’m not sure what region buss would be attributed to.
Regardless, next time you see your favorite family member, buss their cheek. 😉