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Attention word nerds: 13 mysteries of the vernacular, solvedAttention word nerds: 13 mysteries of the vernacular, solved

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Before a ‘clue’ became a thing that excited a detective, the word referred to a ball of yarn. So how did this shift in meaning occur? Because in Greek mythology, Ariadne threw a ball of yarn to Theseus before he entered the minotaur’s labyrinth. Theseus unrolled the yarn behind him as he traveled into the deadly […]