Mysteries of vernacular: clue

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The etymological odyssey of ‘clue’, from the Minotaur’s maze to detective novels

Part of the Myriapod Productions series investigating the unexpected origins of everyday words, Mysteries of Vernacular: Clue traces the history of the word ‘clue’ from the Ancient Greek to its common English use today. Placing the word’s origins in the Minotaur’s labyrinth, this brief animation sheds light on the fascinating ways that language adapts and evolves over time.

Director: Jessica Oreck

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