Business or Busyness

Business or Busyness

Business OR Busyness

A common mistake amongst English students is the spelling of Business.
Bussyness, bizness, buziness, bussiness and bussnis are just some of the spellings I’ve seen!

To remember, think – business is full of busy-ness (busi-ness)!
Busy = have a lot to do, occupied with many things.

Of course it’s spelt nothing like how it’s said and is pronounced biz-nis!

What is the difference between Business and Busyness

Business = commerce, the activity of buying and/or selling something to make money
Busyness = the state of being busy with many things to do


Be careful of the pronunciation of the following two words:
Business (biz-nis two syllables)
Busyness (biz-e-nis three syllables)


Remember, there are some adjectives where if you add -ness to the end, it will become a noun.
Noun – Adjective
Sad – Sadness
Happy – Happiness (Be careful, the Y changes to an I)
Crazy – Craziness (Be careful, the Y changes to an I)
Busy – Busyness

Do you sometimes have problems spelling these words?


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3 Responses to “Business or Busyness”

  1. JYJ 6 February, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Is busy the root of business ?

    • Adrianna 23 February, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

      It is from the old English ‘Busignes’ (meaning anxiously) and is connected to business.

    • Rhoonda 25 February, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Do we have a good rule for which verbs we change ‘y’ to i, or do we just need to have the exceptions memorized? Is busyness really a word? Because business and busyness are certainly two different directions with that word! ??

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