mikesheehan

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Re: Why “behead” and not “dehead” or “unhead”?  •  May 7, 2012, 6:42am  •  1 vote

There were 3 meanings for the prefix be-. (1) on all sides, besmear, or thoroughly, bestir. (2) much or to excess, beclamor/becrush/bedew. (3) Privative, off or away, behead/bereave/beshear

Re: Why “behead” and not “dehead” or “unhead”?  •  May 1, 2012, 2:25pm  •  2 votes

Oxford English Dictionary: Forming derivative verbs with privative meaning ‘off, away,’ as in bedeal v., benim v., bereave v. A very common use of be- in Old English and Middle English, prob. origin