ศัพท์ น่าสับสน - Set – C – clue & clew
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ออกเสียง clue & clew = “KLOO”
Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions:
clue & clew
These words derive their meaning from the use of a ball of thread
that enabled a mythical character to find his way out of a puzzling place (a labyrinth).
A clew orclue is anything that helps to guide or direct
in the solution or a mystery or problem.
Both spellings are acceptable,
although clue is more generally used.
In fact, “Clue me in” is a tiresome, overused, and weary phrase.
Did you know?
The word clue was originally a variant spelling of clew,
meaning “ball of thread or yarn.”
Our modern sense of clue,
“guide to the solution of a mystery,”
grows out of a motif in myth and folklore,
the ball of thread that helps in finding one’s way out of a maze.
Of these stories
the best known is the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
In the myth, Theseus unravels a ball of thread
as he searches for the monstrous Minotaur in the Labyrinth.
After killing the Minotaur,
he retraces his steps out of the maze by rewinding the thread.
Did you know?
The "ball of thread" meaning of clew
(from Middle English clewe and ultimately from Old English cliewen)
has been with us since before the 12th century.
In Greek mythology,
so that he could use it to find his way out of her father's labyrinth.
This, and similar tales, gave rise to the use of clew
for anything that could guide a person through a difficult place.
This use led, in turn, to the meaning
"a piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem."
Today, the variant spelling clue,
which appeared in the 17th century,
is the more common spelling for the "evidence" sense,
but you'll find clew in some famous works of literature.
Also, clew is the only choice for the sailing senses.