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~ Wednesday, October 16, 2002
 
OOH ER

The German prefix er- can change a verb's meaning in interesting ways denoting, broadly, excess:

brechen - to burst / erbrechen - to vomit
denken - to think / erdenken - to think up
drosseln - to reduce speed / erdrosseln - to choke to death
drücken - to squeeze / erdrücken - to crush to death
fahren - to travel / erfahren - to discover
finden - to find / erfinden - to invent
fassen - to grasp / erfassen - to overcome
forschen - to search / erforschen - to explore
hängen - to hang / erhängen - to hang oneself
nennen - to name / ernennen - to nominate
schlagen - to hit / erschlagen - to smite
pressen - to press / erpressen - to blackmail
sticken - to embroider / ersticken - to smother
trinken - to drink / ertrinken - to drown
wecken - to wake / erwecken - to arouse
weisen - to know / erweisen - to prove

Poetic, nicht wahr?

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