[Ads-l] A spade is not a shovel.

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 04:05:41 UTC 2017

Despite my mom teaching me the difference about four decades ago, they’re all shovels to me. Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shovel <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shovel>) says that “shovel” is US for “spade.” BB

> On 30 Jul 2017, at 19:36, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> A bunch of guys on TV with spades are calling them "shovels." Aren't you
> supposed to call a spade a "spade"? Or is the distinction between a spade
> and a shovel being lost, at least among city-folk, since no one uses spades
> to dig ditches or uses shovels to shovel coal, anymore?
> -- 
> -Wilson

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