I have found a word that I would like to use as an alternative to Entrepreneur. The word is "Enterpriser" which appears as a synonym in Google for entrepreneur.
In my social/cultural experience 'entrepreneur' has some negative associations/connotations. (see below)
This article by Steve Tobak expresses the feeling that the word 'Entrepreneur' gives me.
The problem is that entrepreneurs and leaders have another thing in common: Neither one is actually a job. And that might very well explain why Millennials have all the makings of a great entrepreneurial generation but have failed to deliver on that promise.
Not a real job, failure to deliver, failure on promises.
Personal experience of the same people has not helped the stereotype from my personal point of view, although that is irrelevant to the question at hand. It just means that I would not want to use the word to describe myself.
Now I've been looking for a definition to the word "enterpriser", I've done pretty average research to be totally honest (check the meta question below); but being a very average English person, my research skills are lacking.
- Can I get a definition for the word "Enterpriser"?
- Can I get permutation of the word, so applicable tenths, single, plural... anything.
The Way I Think It Would Be Defined:
"Enter" -> To go into
"Prise" -> Comes from Latin prendere, prehendere ‘to take’.
"Enterprise" -> To undertake something || A Business || Starting something new for gain
"Enterpriser" -> A person ~ go into ~ an undertaking
I know it's impossible to have a 'works in all situations' drop in replacement for a word, but I would hope to apply this in the same context as entrepreneur would normally be used.
I'm struggling to find a sentence where the sound of the word works, so maybe there's a permutation of the word that might be better. But here's my best couple of tries
Title: "Developer, Enterpris(er)/(ing), Manager"
Sentence "The person who started X was a real enterpriser"
And yes they sound really dumb, I'm not unaware of it. But I'm really really looking for a word that is not entrepreneur, but can be used as its alternative, and wondering can enterprise be manipulated to be grammatically correct. Even though I'm able to massage the word into being a 'technically' acceptable 'mash' of words, it would be really great to get a fix on the meaning of the word (if it 'really' does already exist) and get a handle on its grammatical forms.
I've googled synonyms of entrepreneur, found enterpriser is listed as a synonym. Looked for enterpriser without success, online dictionaries don't have a listing for it (And I don't own a physical dictionary), Thesaurus for enterprise brings up a few options but they all 'feel' like they are heading away from the root that I am trying to get at. Looked at the root of the words but can't hammer out something that is both technically and grammatically correct.
(Had a discussion on Meta about this question, Link for those who take interest: Asked Question, Got closed. Seems to meet with Guidelines, how to re-ask)