Long ago I was taught in school that this word should be pronounced /ˈruːdi/ just like the name Rudy (rhymes with moody). Is this a legitimate alternate pronunciation, or was my teacher mistaken?
- I think the teacher was mistaken; I've never heard it that way, and Chambers has no such pronunciation. Equinox ◑ 13:56, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
The "ruddies", which are referred to in the quotation of this entry are definitely Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) and not Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea). Thomas edlund (talk) 13:05, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
In the Etymology section there is a link to Old English "rudu", but there is no Old English section on the page for "rudu". 184.108.40.206 15:15, 2 December 2015 (UTC)
"Rudu", as Old English for "redness" is well substantiated, and is reputed to be from "rēodan" (to be red); but, because of the common Celtic vowel "u" in RUA = older Irish RUADH, Cornish RÜTH (red); it may have been handed down through the Celtic, or else a hybrid of Celtic and Germanic. Please compare ruddock and also beneath "Etymology2" under rud. Andrew H. Gray 10:25, 23 January 2016 (UTC) Andrew (talk)