May 30, 2016
rue (verb)
\ROO\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to feel sorrow or regret for
How do you use it?
As Captain Valiant chased him from the city, the evil Dr. Destructo cried, "My revenge will be so terrible it will make you rue the day you were born!"
Are you a word wiz?

What language do you think "rue" is originally from?

You may rue your choice if you didn't pick A. The verb "rue" is originally from the Old English word "hreow," meaning "sorrow." It dates to the 1100s and survived into Modern English as both the noun "rue" (meaning "sorrow") and the verb we featured today. You might have been confused by the French word "rue," which means "street" (you may know it from the title of Edgar Allen Poe's story "Murders in the Rue Morgue"), but that "rue" isn't an English word at all.
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