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#1633 - 04/27/00 03:59 PM Origin of word Ruthless  
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I am curious about the origin of the word ruthless.

Thank you

#1634 - 04/27/00 04:27 PM Re: Origin of word Ruthless  
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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).


#1635 - 04/28/00 11:41 AM Re: Origin of word Ruthless  
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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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