Posted by R. Berg on August 11, 2001
In Reply to: "Beside myself with joy" posted by Sam Hill on August 10, 2001
: What does the expression, "Beside myself with joy", mean.
It means experiencing extreme joy. "Beside" was formerly (15th through 19th centuries) used in phrases to mean "out of a mental state or condition, as 'beside one's patience, one's gravity, one's wits'" (Oxford Engl. Dict.), and that use survives only in "'beside oneself': out of one's wits, out of one's senses.""