Threepenny-bus

Rees (159) and Prestige (245) expect that an aesthete would never mix with the crowd on a bus and would either walk or ride a hansom cab (depending on the state of his pocket); whereas our everyday young man has no such compunctions. Incidentally, buses in those days were horse-drawn and their fares were prominently displayed near the door. Bradley (47) says that in 1900 Gilbert changed the phrase to read "twopenny tube" (i.e., subway).

Pronunciation: 
THRIP-enny bus
Context: 
Threepenny-bus young man!
Opera: 
Act: 
Act II
Sketch of a Threepenny bus (named FUMGASS)