"call a spade a spade"

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Thu Jun 19 14:29:31 UTC 2008

AND 'Democrat', as in _Democrat Party_.

Arnold wrote:

"a key consideration is whether there are people who wield the expression
contemptuously -- certainly not the case for "picnic", but clearly the
case for ''squaw' "

Not quite. Almost any term used to reference people CAN be "wielded
contemptuously"--e.g. "Yankee," "Hoosier," "Jew." There are people "who
wield the expression [Republican] contemptuously." . . .

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