posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 05:33 PM
Found this at www.pballew.net...
and thought it interesting
Clue or Clew
One evening as my wife and I sat reading in the Library of our home she turned to me and said, "Hey, Wordman," (she never calls me wordman unless
she has a word she thinks she can stump me with)"Do you know where the word 'clue' comes from?" I pondered for a moment, and had to admit I
didn't have a clue.
The origin, as she gleefully told me, goes back to the ancient Greek myths about a Monster who lived on the Island of Crete during the reign of king
Minos. Each year fourteen people were sacrificed to the monstor, a Minotaur. It seems that Theseus volunteered to be part of the group andwent into
the Labyrinth hoping to kill the Minotaur. The Minotaur was a half man-half bull, son of Minos’s wife Pasiphae and a beautiful bull, sent to Minos by
Poseidon, to whom Minos was to sacrifice it. He didn’t do the sacrifice, so Poseidon made Pasiphae fall in love with it. The Minotaur was the result.
Minos confined it in a Labyrinth built by the architect Daedalus. As he makes his way into the labyrinth, Theseus leaves a trail to find his way back
out by unwinding a ball of string. In Old English, a ball of thread or twine was called a clewe, and so a method of guiding us toward the solution to
a mystery or puzzle became known as a clew, or clue. Both spellings seem acceptable according to my dictionary, but I cannot recall ever seeing any
other than clue in American English.