Clue Stick, Clue Train

Evan Morris words1 at WORD-DETECTIVE.COM
Wed Aug 4 18:10:26 UTC 1999

At 12:57 PM 8/4/99 , Grant Barrett wrote:

>These are popping up all over, related to people "getting a clue." Not all
>that new, I think: they've been on my radar for perhaps a year.
>You might say,"Get on board the clue train, jerk" to someone who hasn't a
>clue what they're doing or maybe talking about, although it seems to
>usually be used in the third person: "He needs to climb aboard the clue train."
>You might also say "That boy needs to be hit with a clue stick" to someone
>who doesn't have a clue. Maybe there's a relationship to "ugly stick."
>Searches on the Internet turn up lots and lots of uses.

On AFU (alt.folklore.urban) four or five years ago, it wasn't unusual to
see one of the Old Hats advise a newbie, "The clue phone is ringing --
better answer it."

Evan Morris
words1 at

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