I looked them up in the dictionary and it seems they both means a large number of something. Somebody on the Internet says that a slew of can only be used to refer a lot of people, which I don't agree with. I want to know are there any differences between them? Can you hear this usage in daily life?

My English is too plain, and I plan to use a slew of more in the future to make my English more interesting if they have the same meaning.

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    You don't say where you are from. According to Oxford dictionaries a slew meaning a large number is a North American usage (it isn't familiar to me), and not limited to people. Sep 30, 2020 at 7:55
  • I'm from North Korea. North American is fine to me as I'm willing to learn American English, not British English. Sep 30, 2020 at 8:20

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The difference between " a slew of" and "a lot of" is that the first is regional (US English), and also informal, whereas the second is neither. Use regional and/or informal usages with care, and avoid them unless you are absolutely confident that they are appropriate.

Slew noun [ C usually singular ] US informal a large amount or number:

Slew (Cambridge Dictionaries)

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