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#53434 - 01/31/02 04:46 PM Re: The be- prefix: adding or subtracting?
It seems, however, that in all the offered specimens, that there, at least, is an inherent ambiguity in the
As usual, Shakespeare best expressed that ambiguity: "To be- or not to be-; that is the question".
#53435 - 02/02/02 12:27 PM Re: The be- prefix: adding or subtracting?
I've been meaning to get around to this for sime time and finally got off my duff.
The be- prefix in Old English had three possible meanings.
Quoted from A Guide to Old English by Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Robinson:
be- 1 In some words be- is the same as the prep. 'about', e.g. be-gan'surround' and be-ridan 'ride
2 Sometimes it is a deprivative, e.g. be-dælan 'deprive' and be-heafdian 'behead'.
3 It can make an intransitive verb transitive, e.g. be-<THORN>encan 'think about' and be-wepan 'bewail'.
#53436 - 02/02/02 02:42 PM Re: The be- prefix: adding or subtracting?
Loc: Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
Thanks for that, Faldage! To be- or not to be- is no longer the be- question! (or be- quest!)
So I guess the only item left here to bequestion the Board with is "do you consider betrothed to be a gaining or losing, or both?
#53437 - 02/02/02 05:18 PM Re: The be- prefix: adding or subtracting?
Sometimes it is a deprivative, e.g. 'behead'.
Faldage is of course cross-threading to "bobbit".
We are much beholden to you, sir.
#53438 - 02/02/02 09:50 PM Re: Speaking for Keiva
I would say that he apologizes to me for suggesting that I intended something that I neither intended nor, in retrospect, recognized that I intended.
The thread started with: why does behead imply taking something away?
[cross thread]Please do not ever presume to put words in my mouth[/cross thread]
#53439 - 02/03/02 12:23 AM Re: speaking facetiously
My dear faldage, and not to pick nits, but there's such a thing as speaking facetiously, and I'd think there's a great difference between
"faldage says _______ [ wink ]" and
"keiva says ________ [no wink]"
I agree with you that a winkless misquote might well call for an apology.
#53440 - 02/03/02 07:52 AM Re: speaking facetiously
I would like to apologize publicly to Keiva for not using smileys (except facetiously)
#53441 - 02/03/02 09:54 AM Re: speaking facetiously
Huh? No apology needed here, buddy. LMBYAB. [beer -e]
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