Besides vs. Beside

BESIDES means in addition to, other than:

Three other people besides Tim joined us for pizza.

BESIDE means next to (as in alongside of):

She placed her documents beside her purse so she wouldn’t forget them when she left.

I often hear people say something like, “I was besides myself when I heard her exciting news!”  How can one be next to oneself?  If you are really wildly excited, you are beside yourself.

 

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