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 Spa or Spa Water.Spadish Language (In). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Why not call a spade a spade? Do not palliate sins by euphemisms.   1
        “We call a nettle but a nettle, and the faults of fools but folly,”—Shakespeare: Coriolanus, ii. 1.
        “I have learned to call wickedness by its own terms: a fig a fig, and a spade a spude,”—John Knox.
   Spades in cards. A corruption of the Spanish spados, pikes or swords, called by the French piques (pikes).   2

 Spa or Spa Water.Spadish Language (In). 


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