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GUEST,Diesel BS: Infrequently Asked Questions (172* d) RE: BS: Infrequently Asked Questions 04 Aug 07

The term 'Busking' - I assumed it was a commonplace until asked above.. Never did wonder where the word came from - until now - so off to Wikipedia for the answer (I claim no prise as I hed to get it from elsewhere..) Nut if 'busking' as a term is not used in the states - what is the equivalent word ?



From Wiki;
'These performers have not always been called buskers. The term busking was first noted in the English language around the middle 1860s. The word busk comes from the Spanish root word buscar, meaning "to seek" buskers are literally seeking fame and fortune.[5][6] In obsolete French it evolved to busquer for "seek, prowl" and was generally used to describe prostitutes. In Italian it evolved to buscare which meant "procure, gain" and in Italy buskers are currently called buscarsi.

From the Renaissance to the early 1900s, busking was called minstrelsy in Europe and English-speaking lands. Before that, itinerant musicians were known by the French term troubadours. In old French the term jongleurs was also used to describe buskers. In northern France they were known as trouveres. In old German buskers were known as minnesingers and spielleute. The term busk is also used in music when a musician has to play something quickly from scratch, by ear or at sight, as in: I'll just busk it.

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