Bewhape

Sometimes you see or hear something and it just cause you to go, “Yes! That! Exactly that!”

That was the feeling I had when I discovered the word “embuggerance“, defined as something an irritation to progress; not a big problem but something you could quite easily do without.  We all have them, but now I had a name for them.

And so it happened the other day when I was reading a book and came across bewhape, meaning to bewilder; amaze; confuse; utterly confound.

I’ve tried looking up the etymology of the word and it’s actually pretty difficult.  There is obviously the “be-” prefix meaning totally and completely (in this instance, I think).  The only reference I can find directly to whape is Urban Dictionary and, well, let’s not go there.  There is whap, which sounds like it should be in classic Batman and does indeed mean “to hit hard”.

Apparently the modern day equivalent of the 14th century word is bewilder, despite it being in the definition of bewhape itself.  There’s a reference also to the very fun to say 17th century bewhatle.

The reason I liked the word so much was the reference to amaze alongside the other feelings of confusion.  For me, it’s a single word for what happens when you have your breath taken away.  I’ve been there when I’ve seen something beautiful that I really don’t know what to say or do with myself.  I took a while before I realised that it was possibly to literally have my breath taken away.

As it turns out, I think I was bewhaped.

Every time our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby, when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away

I’ve never been this close to anyone or anything
I can hear your thoughts
I can see your dreams

I don’t know how you do what you do
I’m so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I wanna spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I’m amazed by you

The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby, you surround me
You touch every place in my heart

Oh, it feels like the first time every time
I wanna spend the whole night in your eyes

I don’t know how you do what you do
I’m so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I wanna spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I’m amazed by you

Every little thing that you do
I’m so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I wanna spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Oh, yeah every little thing that you do
Baby, I’m amazed by you

Amazed by Lonestar (interestingly I couldn’t find lyrics contained bewhaped!)

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