"call a spade a spade" furor
ANNE V. GILBERT
avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET
Wed Nov 14 18:20:51 UTC 2001
> This would be laughable if it weren't so sad. It strikes me that the
> sensitivity to "spade" is less understandable than that to "niggardly",
> I suspect that most younger people, at least, don't connect the word
> with African-Americans. I perceive it as "old slang," something out of the
> rat pack days, half a century ago. Am I right?
I haven't heard "spade", used to mean a black person for years. The last
time I remember hearing it, and even then it was kind of uncommon, was In
Texas in the early 1970's.
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