I receive a few Words-of-the-day every day, and some of them strike me more than others.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day from dictionary.com was ruth:
1. Compassion or pity for another.
2. Sorrow or misery about one’s own misdeeds or flaws.
3. In the Bible, a Moabite woman who married Boaz and became an ancestor of David: the daughter-in-law of Naomi.
4. Book of the Bible bearing her name.
5. A female given name.
One of the things I love about this word is that it’s not used very frequently. We’re all familiar with the more common word ruthless, meaning having no pity – merciless, cruel. I don’t think I’ve ever said, “Hey you know who’s pretty ruth? Jerry.”