rue (ro͞o)

verb

bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)


So yes, you can technically rue anything. It just sounds weird to say it. For example:

  • You’re going to rue that ruler! (Because it only measures 11 inches.)
  • You’re going to rue those ruins! (Because they’re already kind of broken.)
  • You’re going to rue this rue! (Because this shrubbery sure is pungent).