"call a spade a spade"

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 17 21:17:33 UTC 2008

Or, is this phrase still used in European English in its original sense, with no racial meaning?

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--- On Mon, 6/16/08, Paul <paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM> wrote:


> > The Same Dowd piece, datelined Paris, also included
> this:
> >
> >
> >> 'Angela Merkel dodged when asked at a press
> conference whether she would miss W., but said she liked
> being able to "call a spade a spade with
> him."'
> >>
> >
> >
> >> Twas that a fox paw, an indication of a lack of
> familiarity with American vernacular, or merely a
> hopefully-NOT noteworthy phrase?
> >>

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