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January 2, 2003

Slang of the Week: have a clue (phrase)
understand the situation; know what's going on.

Our boss really doesn't have a clue. I put a trip to Tahiti on my expense sheet under "business lunches" and he okayed it.

Celebrity quote:
"If she had a clue, she wouldn't have made Crossroads, don't you think?"
-Justin Timberlake, talking about Britney Spears (his ex-girlfriend)

I don't know what Timberlake is talking about! That was a fine movie and will probably be nominated for an Academy Award.

The opposite of have a clue, of course, is to be clueless - not coincidentally the title of a 1995 movie about silly teenage girls in Southern California. (The movie itself, based on the Jane Austen novel Emma, isn't clueless - just some of the people in it.) You can also clue someone in (give them information) or insult someone by saying Get a clue! (Start using your brain).

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