Helpmōtung:Hū secge ic
Mōtunge ealdhord: 1
I am looking for a good word for "Company" in the commercial sense. Familiar words meaning "company" are military and other describe 'company' in the abstract sense; "company" but not "a company". The language is though rich in words for companionship and working together, in peace and war.
In German historically was the Hansa, which is a Gothic word for 'company'. Today they say Gesellschaft, which is roughly Gesiþscipe. Gebeorscipe sounds a bit beery (but it is a good translation for Genossenschaft, so I used it for Switzerland - Der Schweizische Eidgenossenschaft). The Danes in imitation say Sellskap and other Scandinavians likewise. In French it is societé and similar in all the Romance languages.
Words I have gathered, mostly wrong for the context but several that will serve well, include:
- Bit of a tricky question which I myself have troubled over a little. I have before now used "gegyld" with inspiration from French "société". However, on second thoughts, it is also used here to mean "club"; and I think it would be good to differentiate those two senses. As such, perhaps I would look to move just a little sideways and use "gyldscipe", although "fērscipe" does not seem inappropriate to me. Ƿes hāl! 09:23, 24 Sēremōnaþ 2014 (UTC)
- I recently used Tēoh. Another is hōs and B&T says it is cognate with Hansa. I have also found fēolagscipe for 'partnership', which is essentially the same concept.