"call a spade a spade" furor

Bruce Dykes bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Wed Nov 14 13:35:38 UTC 2001

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Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 23:57
Subject: Re: "call a spade a spade" furor

> 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'm 33, and only ever heard it used by Archie Bunker...


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