Work originally indicates the exertion of the forces required to complete a task. Business (shortened from business, a similar formation as farmsteads instead of farmsteads; it is derived from the verb create [created, created], ie to be active, by means of the ending -de, mhd. -Ede, ahd. -Idi), however, is the Task itself, for the completion of which the forces are exerted; so one speaks z. B. of professional business, d. i. Tasks that our job gives us, state affairs, etc. The like. Often with business the connotation of the profitable and useful is connected, z. B. He’s got a good or bad business. Employment is everything that our activity instinct does. If one has no business and therefore leisure and yet cannot bear the total inactivity, one chooses a pleasant and easy occupation, one is occupied with games, reading books, going for a walk, etc. But the occupation can also relate to strenuous or profitable activity; the word generally designates any activity. “Work is the citizen’s adornment” (Schiller, Glocke). “Let the hard work rest” (ibid). “Nevertheless, the once started considerations, the business once taken over – because this occupation had become a business – held me tight even in the most eventful and distracted moments” (Goethe, Gesch. Der Farbenl., Confession of the author.).