Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Whole What of What?!

What is the etymology of the word "slew?"

I can eat a whole slew of candy or do a whole slew of research, but what is a slew and where did it come from?

Also, if I may say so...very unattractive word.

Digg this


  1. slew, 1839, from the Irish slaugh, meaning 'a host, crowd, multitude'. also in 1801, an old nautical slang for drunk. neat. also, this is what happens when we're apart and i take your word questions very seriously, instead of mentioning coldslew, the picnic food.

  2. If anyone was gonna answer this, it would be you. :) Smarty.

    What is coldslew? Is that the same as coleslaw...?

  3. aww baby, im here for you with answers, especially when i consult the smart part of my brain, which i refer to as "the internet."

    yeah, sooo, coldslew/slaw. tomayto, tomahto? i take liberties to keep myself amused. :)