Here’s a word I’ve been wondering about for quite a while now: gerinnen (to clog, coagulate). Obviously this is related to rinnen (to flow, run), but surprisingly it has the opposite meaning:
Das Blut rinnt bis es gerinnt.
The prefix ge- isn’t typical for negation, so when saying out loud gerinnen I always have to actively remind myself that this is the opposite of rinnen.
What’s the reason behind this? Does gerinnen perhaps have a different origin after all? Are there other examples where ge- negates the word stem?
(Disclaimer: I’m a native German speaker.)