May 162013

American Gods.
Neil Gaiman.

Wednesday looked angry, and then the anger became rue, and he said, “Shadow, give the man the keys to the Winnebago.” Shadow passed the car keys to Whiskey Jack.

Page: 264

Word: rue
Definition: regret, sorrow
Origin: Middle English rewe, from Old English hrēow; akin to Old High German hriuwa sorrow
First Known Use: before 12th century
The only context I ever remember hearing the word is as a verb, ie, “He will rue the day that…” In the story it is used as a noun, but apparently is still interchangeable with the more common ‘regret’.

Source: Merriam-Webster Online
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