Grammar question - Queue — LiveJournal
Why is it "precede" but "proceed"?
Probably just one of those quirks/glitches that occurred about the time the printing press standardized spelling. They both have the exact same Middle English-French-Latin derivation. I think many of the spelling decisions when spellings began to become standardized were fairly arbitrary.
"precede": pre, before + cedere, go.
"proceed": pro, forward + cedere, go.
It's the prefix. Latin's bitchily detail-oriented like that.
Of course, it's the multiple language jumps and so forth that lead to the "ede" vs. "eed" difference.