Bed – From the Proto-Indo-European for ‘dig’

Bed – A piece of furniture for sleep or rest.

The first joke that I remember learning was ‘Which is the laziest letter in the alphabet? It’s ‘e’ because it’s always in bed’ for weeks after, I would tell it to every family member who visited.

The word ‘bed’ joined our language as ‘bedd’ and came from the Proto-Germanic word ‘Bedjam’ which sounds fantastic but was, in fact, the word for a hole in the ground, dug to sleep in. The origins of the word, go back to the Proto-Indo-European language where the word was ‘bhedh’ meaning to dig. So really ‘e’ has always been in bed.


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