Word for Wednesday: Business

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for 2023 is tricky spelling words. This year, after sharing the definition and etymology of each week’s word, we will end every blog post with some tips and tricks to help you spell it.

So far in March, we've looked at words beautiful and because. Our third word of the month is business.

Business relates to the activities related to earning money (for example providing goods or services). The word is also used to describe one’s concerns or responsibilities.

Here is the word business used in some example sentences:

  • We are in the publishing business
  • Will you be attending the business conference next week?
  • I am not in the business of gossiping about people behind their backs.
  • ‘Mind your own business,’ she told him.

Business comes from the Old English ‘bisignes’ meaning ‘care’, ‘anxiety’ or ‘occupation’. The word has been used in reference to one’s work occupation since the late-fourteenth century. 

The sneaky i in the middle of business is easy to forget. Try to pronounce it when you say the word to help you remember it’s there. 

Sometimes it’s useful to look for smaller words within a word. To help you remember how to spell business, think of someone who has a business on a BUS IN ESSex.

Have you looked at our business word lists on our vocabulary page

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15 Mar 2023
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