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July 19th, 2015
Episode 261 of 795 episodes
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 19, 2015 is: rue \ROO\ verb : to feel regret, remorse, or penitence for Examples: I rue the day I agreed to serve on this committee. "While times do change, they don't always change for the best; Sheldon rues that Sundays are no longer a church-dominated day in many Christian denominations." Carolyn Bostick, Observer-Dispatch (Utica, New York), April 18, 2015 Did you know? If you remember your high school French, or if you've ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, you may have the notion that the English word rue is somehow connected to the French word for "street." In actuality, the French and English words are not related at all. The English rue is originally from the Old English word hrēow, meaning "sorrow." Used as both a noun (meaning "regret, sorrow") and, more frequently, a verb, rue is very old, dating back to before the 12th century.