Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Spade.

 Spa or Spa Water.Spadish Language (In). 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spade.
 
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). 

 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors