Alice Faber faber at LENNY.HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 5 04:32:57 UTC 1999

Evan Morris wrote:
> 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."

Yup. Those were the days. Now we just whup 'em upside the head with a

Alice Faber
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