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Loxuru

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Don't call them 'spades'... Try African-Americans... ever 'Negro' would be better...
It took me some research to grab that (that use of 'spade' is unknown this side of the Atlantic).:confused:


Can't have them in the way of drinking...
They went for a spade....
Could also mean this kind of a break (Spaten = German for spade, but also a famous Bavarian beer)::rolleyes:
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thehangingtree

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It took me some research to grab that (that use of 'spade' is unknown this side of the Atlantic).:confused:

They went for a spade....
Could also mean this kind of a break (Spaten = German for spade, but also a famous Bavarian beer)::rolleyes:
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Don't play innocent with me! I see right through it!!!

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Eulalia

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It took me some research to grab that (that use of 'spade' is unknown this side of the Atlantic).:confused:
I'm aware of it, as a term best avoided, though whether it would cause offence would depend on context.
Obviously from 'black as the ace of...' But of course it's considered a virtue, especially in the north of England,
to call a spade a spade (and not a bloody shovel).
 

thehangingtree

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It took me some research to grab that (that use of 'spade' is unknown this side of the Atlantic).:confused:



They went for a spade....
Could also mean this kind of a break (Spaten = German for spade, but also a famous Bavarian beer)::rolleyes:
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It is in known in England...

...Some spade said 'rock and rollers, you're all the same
Man that's your instrument.' I felt so ashamed!!!

-I. Hunter 'All the way to Memphis' performed by Mott the Hoople
 

Jollyrei

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It is in known in England...

...Some spade said 'rock and rollers, you're all the same
Man that's your instrument.' I felt so ashamed!!!

-I. Hunter 'All the way to Memphis' performed by Mott the Hoople
I'd never heard that term before either, and I've lived in 5 countries, including the US. Always happy to expand my knowledge. Now what to do with a new racial epithet? :rolleyes: :confused::D
 

thehangingtree

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Naraku

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Growing up in the South in the 60s, I occasionally heard the term "spade" used for black people, mostly by folks from my grandparents' generation. I think it was already falling out of favor then. The Urban Dictionary says it was most common in the years after the Civil War. I think the last time I heard it used was by a black comedian.