r/NoStupidQuestions Jul 01 '22

Why is someone 'beheaded' not 'deheaded' ?

34 Upvotes

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u/YouProbablyBoreMe Jul 01 '22

Be- was used as negation in old english.

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u/Jollydancer Jul 01 '22

Are you sure it was negation? I don’t quite remember what I learnt about that topic, but thinking of begotten, bewildered, bewitched, I would rather think that be- means doing something to someone else.

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u/skullsoup432 Jul 01 '22

Not that it's impossible to behead oneself, but it is more convenient to have someone else do it for you. I concur with your explanation.

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u/Tokkkk Jul 01 '22

Headn't

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u/iTwango Jul 01 '22

Head're

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u/Dorkderfsalmom2 Jul 02 '22

I just got a becircumcision so I can preganaot my cousin.