Friday, March 14, 2008


I was in a meeting recently where we talked about the need to be "ruthless" in determing what would be allowed to be included in a specific event we were planning.

Someone asked, "What does 'ruthless' mean? If I were not ruthless, would I be 'full of ruth'?"

Her question got me to wondering. And here's the answer:

c.1327, from reuthe "pity, compassion" (c.1175), formed from reuwen "to rue" (see rue (v.)) on the model of true/truth, etc. Ruthful (c.1225) has fallen from use since late 17c. except as a deliberate archaism.

So, there you have it. I trust you will be ruthful today when appropriate.


  1. a joke:

    Q: What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?

    A: Ruthless!

  2. Stay ruthless so your blog won't have to be renamed "The Burning Bosom Revolution"

  3. Emily... ha ha. You are funny.

    Andy-- play nice. :)