the anxiety of business

Sometimes business can feel like we’re out on a limb. And, we may not be crazy for feeling that way. I just learned this from my friend Mark Anielski – author of The Economics of Happiness:

Did you know that the etymological roots of the word business are:

O.E. bisignes (Northumbrian) “care, anxiety, occupation,” from bisig “careful, anxious, busy, occupied, diligent” (see busy) + -ness. Sense of “work, occupation” is first recorded late 14c. Sense of “trade, commercial engagements” is first attested 1727. Modern two-syllable pronunciation is 17c. Business card first attested 1840; business letter from 1766
Interesting to note that being anxious is one of these characteristics of bisgnes or busi-ness!

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