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05-16-2005, 02:52 PM
So, busyness is not a word. I know this. I'm aware. The question is, is there a relation between business & busy-ness? If not, there should be.
05-16-2005, 02:56 PM
O.E. bisignisse (Northumbrian) "care, anxiety," from bisig "careful, anxious, busy, occupied" (see busy) + -ness. Sense of "work, occupation" is first recorded 1387. Sense of "trade, commercial engagements" is first attested 1727. Modern two-syllable pronunciation is 17c. Business card first attested 1840.
It seems there is a link :)
05-16-2005, 02:58 PM
There is. From the OED:
[OE. (North.) bisinis, f. BUSY a., or stem of BUSY v.; see -NESS. Shortened to a dissyllable, since it ceased to be a noun of state. The plural businesses (formerly also business) is used only in a few senses, chiefly 14, 15.]
I. State or quality of being busy. (Cf. the adj.)
The various meanings of busy-ness are all obsolete.
05-16-2005, 03:08 PM
Consider etymonline bookmarked. Thanks for coming through with the OED as well. Always the last word.
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