Calling a spade. . . .

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jun 30 18:39:08 UTC 2008

And don't forget those bumper stickers that read "I spayed my cat," with the word "spayed" represented by a pictograph of a spade on a playing card--the rebus based on the "I <heart> . . ." pattern.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:16:00 -0400
>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Calling a spade. . . .
>Well, the confusion is alive and well.  When searching the classifieds in our weekly free neighborhood paper for a kitten toward the end of the previous century, we came across an ad that
>      SR. CITIZEN KITTY needs loving home, spade, all shots, healthy.
>      I've been a good kitty & promise to be a purr-fect pet.  Please
>      call ____.  Love Kitty.
>There are currently over 2000 raw hits for "spade cat", only some of which involve intentional wordplay.  But it is hard to agree with Archie Taylor's claimed allusion.

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