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besot

Postby eberntson » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:21 pm

1) infatuated ( drink with love)

2) drunk, drunkard.

Middle English: sot = drunk
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Re: besot

Postby Slava » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:22 pm

I note that etymonline says the drunken aspect of sot comes only in the late 16th century. Previously it meant only an idiot or a fool. Which helps explain why I feel besotted is more smitten to idiocy than drunk to that extent.

I do like our be- words. Benight, bewitch, bedizen, etc. are all great. There is one, however, that bucks the trend. Usually, the be- prefix means to make someone X, or to do X to someone. Besotted - you have become "sotted." Bedizen - to decorate. Yet, behead goes quite the other way, unless, as with besotted, you've really lost it.
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Re: behead

Postby Audiendus » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:37 pm

Slava wrote:There is one, however, that bucks the trend. Usually, the be- prefix means to make someone X, or to do X to someone. Besotted - you have become "sotted." Bedizen - to decorate. Yet, behead goes quite the other way, unless, as with besotted, you've really lost it.

Heading can refer to a type of pruning of plants. Perhaps this explains "behead" – if you are beheaded you become "pruned".
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Re: besot

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:49 pm

Of course, clipping all the dead flowers is called deadheading, especially with regard to roses. I also knew a girl, now a woman, whose initials were BB. Not surprisingly, she was known and is still known as BeBee.
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Re: besot

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:27 am

The first definition of deadheading that comes to my mind is off duty flight crew-members flying on an airplane. I have clipped thousands of dead flower heads in my garden over the year. I never thought I was deadheading.
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Re: besot

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:14 pm

I believe truck drivers also use the word "deadheading" to mean returning to its point of origin with an empty trailer.
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