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"Bus factors" refers to how many people need to get hit by busses before there's nobody left who can work on something. In particular, a bus factor of 1 is a very bad thing to have.

Although it's mitigated somewhat by the fact that Bernstein is passionate and has been a reliable maintainer in the past. "Bus factor" is typically an euphemism for "someone is going to pay this employee more than we do".

I'd call that a cacophonism, though, unless you truly prefer that they get hit by a bus.

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