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  • Clue or Clew....

    We encounter both spellings, clew and clue in old mysteries. I thought it was just a matter of spelling which standardized around the mid-twentieth century. Actually, "clew" is an interesting and appropriate word for crime investigations.

    I recently obtained the book, "The Man From the Train" by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James. On page 85 is this: "(It is unclear whether Prettyman knew that a 'clew' was in fact a ball of twine. The modern word CLUE evolved from the word clew, which meant a ball of string or twine.)

    Of course that interested me so I looked up the etymology of both words and I will let the "Online Etymology Dictionary" say the rest.
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    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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    Interesting. I'd have guessed that it came from the Latin "clavis" or French "clef" (key), but evidently (k)not!
    Kind regards, Sam Flynn

    "Suche Nullen"
    (F. Nietzsche)

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    • #3
      Of course, we never hear about the Irish Theseus who knitted himself a jersey and was trapped for ever.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
        Of course, we never hear about the Irish Theseus who knitted himself a jersey and was trapped for ever.
        And I am sure there was not one clew left in sight.
        The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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