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

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 19:51:12 UTC 2017

Wikip:  << An entrenching tool ... is a collapsible spade used by military
forces for a variety of military purposes. >>
I never thought of the entrenching tool as a spade, because, in my
idiolect, <spade> has always been a synonym for <n-word>. And yet
conivinutating card players continue to trump in spades. <Riley, Ace of
Spies> always sounded a bit edgy.

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