I was besides myself with joy

Discussion in 'English Only' started by mimi2, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Would you please explain "besides myself with joy" in this sentence.
    "I was besides myself with joy when my father said the car was at my disposal."
    Thank you very much.
  2. dn88 Senior Member

    besides myself with joy - extremely happy, in seventh heaven
  3. One small quibble:
    I think, it is "beside myself" actually.
  4. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Thank you.
  5. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Beside myself:
    So far out of my normal mental state, due to any extreme emotion, as to feel like or appear to be a different person - "beside" the original.
  6. Dempsey

    Dempsey Member

    English, Australia
    Apparently the word "beside" had a different meaning hundreds of years ago. It doesn't make sense in modern english. It is simply a phrase that we have kept using.


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