Fake Etymologies

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ru‧in, v. /ˈɹuːɪn/

From “runes,” such as the letters in the fuþorc alphabet. When destroying a wooden structure, the equivalent of the modern idiom “to reduce to matchsticks” was “to reduce to runes.” This was due to the strewn sticks’ resemblance to those runic characters. Vowel gliding contributed to the iotization of the word.