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#1633 - 04/27/00 11:59 AM Origin of word Ruthless
echo1111 Offline
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I am curious about the origin of the word ruthless.

Thank you


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#1634 - 04/27/00 12:27 PM Re: Origin of word Ruthless
tsuwm Offline
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Loc: this too shall pass
try this: http://www.quinion.com/words/qa/qa-rut1.htm

hint: often you can find word origins on the web by doing a "google" search [google.com] and simply entering "<word> origin" in the search field (without the "s).

http://members.aol.com/tsuwm/

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#1635 - 04/28/00 07:41 AM Re: Origin of word Ruthless
paulb Offline
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Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
It's from the word ruth (Middle English = compassion, pity, sorrow, grief, distress etc). Interesting that ruthless (and ruthful) have survived but not the original word.


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