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Mysteries of vernacular: Clue - Jessica Oreck

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Clue or clew? Before the word clue became associated with mystery novels, it meant a ball of string or thread, a definition dating back to Greek mythology. Jessica Oreck unravels this mystery of the vernacular.

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