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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 06:08:21 UTC 2017

> “shovel” is US for “spade.”

Is that true of all 320,000,000 Americans, except for me, do you think? Of
course, you are relying upon the authority of the Web and there's no
arguing with that. Perhaps the distinction will die with me, in about five

On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:05 AM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>

> 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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