On Campus, a Law Enforcement System to Itself
By NINA BERNSTEIN
The Penn State scandal is emblematic of a parallel judicial universe favoring athletes that exists at many colleges and universities.
And, though the beginnings of forensic linguistics may be ancient, Juola says this kind of sleuthing may be on the rise.
noun: A trusty friend or companion.
After Achates, the faithful companion and friend of Aeneas, in the epic poem Aeneid by the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 BCE). In the story, Achates is called fidus Achates (faithful Achates) and he accompanies Aeneas everywhere in his adventures.
"I was baffled by the lack of reference to the sleuth of Baker Street and his trusty Achates." — John Banville; Bloomsday, Bloody Bloomsday; The New York Times; Jun 13, 2004.
verb[no object] (often as noun sleuthing)
Origin:Middle English (originally in the sense 'track', in sleuth-hound): from Old Norse slóth; compare with slot2. Current senses date from the late 19th century
Off his own batMeaning
By an individual's own efforts.
One question that I've been asked several times about the figurative expression 'off his own bat' is "should that be 'off his own back'"? Well no, it shouldn't. 'Off your own back' originated as a mishearing of the former expression. It has gained sufficient currency to be considered as a viable everyday alternative of the correct version, but purists dismiss it as a straightforward error.
━━ n., vi. 〔話〕 探偵（として働く）, 刑事; 警察犬 （sleuth hound）; ブラッドハウンド.
- A detective.
- See sleuthhound (sense 1).
v., sleuthed, sleuth·ing, sleuths. v.tr.
To track or follow.
To act as a detective.
[Short for SLEUTHHOUND.]
Tracking down the history of the word sleuth requires a bit of etymological sleuthing.
The immediate ancestor of our word is the compound sleuthhound, “a dog, such as a bloodhound, used for tracking or pursuing.”
This term took on a figurative sense, “tracker, pursuer,” which is closely related to the sense “detective.”
From sleuthhound came the shortened form sleuth, recorded in the sense “detective” as early as 1872.
The first part of the term sleuthhound means “track, path, trail,” and is first recorded in a Middle English work written probably around 1200. The Middle English word, which had the form sloth, with eu representing the Scots development of the Middle English (ō), was a borrowing of the Old Norse word slōdh, “a track or trail.”The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2007, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Hewlett’s Hunt for Leak Became a Game of Clue
By MATT RICHTEL
The company’s sleuths produced an 18-page report that reads at times like a whodunit, at other times like a dissertation.
(Sleuth 偵探；whodunit 「誰幹的？」；
You can be really annoying at times, you know.)
FOR nearly a year until this week, Sharesleuth, the “investigative” business Web site financed by the billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, had published articles about just two companies. But in what may signal a departure, Sharesleuth has published an article about a third company: the Orthopedic Development Corporation, which is marketing a new spinal implant procedure (sharesleuth.com).
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Among other things, the article says the company asserted that the procedure had been used on more patients than was actually the case; there was no indication that the company tested it adequately; and some patients experienced problems after the procedure. The company declined to respond to questions from Sharesleuth.
When Sharesleuth started in July 2006, it was immediately criticized because of Mr. Cuban’s stated intention to take short positions in the stocks of the companies that were about to be featured in articles written by the editor, Christopher Carey.
By JANE O'CONNOR
Reviewed by CHELSEA CAIN
Reviewed by CHELSEA CAIN
A copy editor turns detective after a murder at her son’s school.
- [èmbləmǽtik, -ikəl]
[形]((通例叙述))((形式))象徴の, 象徴的な, （…を）象徴［表象］する((of ...))
The cross is emblematic of Christ's suffering.
- Based on or making use of figures of speech; metaphorical: figurative language.
- Containing many figures of speech; ornate.
- Represented by a figure or resemblance; symbolic or emblematic.
- Of or relating to artistic representation by means of animal or human figures.
figurativeness fig'u·ra·tive·ness n.