sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Feb 7 20:45:09 UTC 2006

>(There are also scattered references to "sleuth" as a collective name
>for a group of bears, which looks like a variant of "sloth (of
>bears)". I doubt that this sense has much of an influence on the
>"slew"/"sleuth" substitution, however.)

>--Ben Zimmer
Ah, but remember "Old Sleuthfoot," object of many a bearhunt in /The Yearling./

It's not hard to imagine a foggy, tenuous sort of connection in the minds
of the confusers of "sleuth" and "slew" inasmuch as search engines
sleuthing the databases often bring forth a slew of material.

W stands for >:<  War ____Waste___Wiretaps____Witchhunts  >:<

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