"spade" as ONLY a racial slur?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Jun 19 14:41:41 UTC 2008

Good Southern Baptists would never ADMIT to having seen a deck of cards!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:16:29 +0000
>From: ronbutters at AOL.COM
>Subject: "spade" as ONLY a racial slur?
>Charles Doyle wrote:
>"For some speakers of American English (by no means all of them), the word "spade" has lost all applications except for use as a derogatory racial designation."
>I suppose this might be true for a few people who know only the word "shovel," and think of "spadework" as railroad portering and other stereotypical jobs from the twentieth century. (Would they believe that Sam Spade was an African-American detective?) Even so, this would only be true of those who had never seen a deck of cards.

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