Today, my thought is to present you with a treatise on a well-known word in the English language. You may think you know this word very well. After all, isn't it one of the more common words? However, my friends, there are nuances of meaning here you may not be aware of.
So the word, Marigold. For goats' sake, what is the word?
Oh, well, of course. The word. The word for Wednesday, my friends, is 'business'. Yes, that's it. Just plain old 'business'. Now, I'm sure you think you already know everything there is to know about this word, but do you really? First of all, at this time of year there is a lot of 'that's just none of your business' being bandied about. This usage of the word probably denotes what one normally considers the true meaning. 'Business', that word that says 'this is my knowledge', 'my circumstance'. It is for me to know and for you to find out. But what about that part that means, 'this is what I do'? Like, 'my business is selling Peanuts to good farmers everywhere'. (A highly respected business, too, if you ask me.)
Then there is the shortened version. You know, 'busy'. The Goatmother is 'busy' passing out Peanuts. I'm 'busy' eating hay. The streets are 'busy' at this time of year.
But here is some knowledge you may not have previously been privy to, for you see, in some places this word takes on unexpected nuances. Like, say, in Texas, for example. You have your everyday 'business', but you also have 'b'idness'.
"Mind your own b'idness, and get out of my b'idness."
Suddenly the meaning has taken the less traversed path and morphed into something far more formidable - something far more personal in nature. And believe me, wherever 'b'idness' resides, you better tread lightly because you sure wouldn't want to step on anyone's.
Then, of course, one is likely to also stumble upon 'b'idness's' natural counterpart, 'b'idzy'.
"Excuse me, could you ....?"
"Oh, sorry. I didn't realize ... ."
"Oh. Of course ..."
This does not imply that one is merely 'busy', but carries with it an air of total absorption. One is absolutely NOT to be bothered. Please go away. Now.
So, there you have it. I bet you never even suspected, did you? So, then, I guess I'll be getting on about this Wednesday's usual b'idness of munching Peanuts. If you need me, don't bother. Believe me, it is wise not to. B'idzy!