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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)

Ruddy (noun)[edit]

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)

My mistake apparently. Fixed. Equinox 13:12, 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". 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)

Does the euphemistic adjective refer to "bloody"?[edit]

...since it rhymes, and can be used in the same situations. If so, we should mention this. Equinox 13:56, 17 February 2017 (UTC)