[DWJ] Re: Gotten, was Re: DWJ on Bujold

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Fri May 23 17:09:30 EDT 2008


>Helen wrote:
>> I think it's similar to the "ge-" prefix on past participles in German --
>> that is what it "felt" like :-)

deborah commented

>I don't speak any Yiddish (well, some Yinglish), but I've grown
>up around enough of it that this German prefix is part of my
>vocabulary in certain rude instances. As in "at the end of
>Archer's Goon, Archer's plans get totally gefucked."
>
>Interestingly, the English equivalent of "be-" is a prefix I add
>on other words, but not rude ones. For example, "help! I've been
>becatted!"

I suppose that the English word 'bespatter' has its 'be' ultimately from
the same source, also 'begrime', 'besmear', 'belittle' -- in fact most of
the ones I think of immediately are boo-words, apart from 'become'!

Minnow





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