CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

Political Correctness has driven this country, and a few others, to a point of ridicule.  The phrase “calling a spade a spade” once had the meaning of telling it like it is.  That has been perverted by some to have only a derogatory meaning; we are unable to speak sensibly now without offending someone, somewhere.

“Spade” originally referred to what we now most commonly call a shovel.  It might also be called an entrenching tool, a digging instrument or a dirt relocator but those terms are vague.

Somewhere around 1600 A.D. playing cards were given a black symbol like an inverted heart shape with an extension similar to the handle on a shovel; it too was referred to as a spade.  From there, when Africans chose to be referred to as ‘black’, the term spade, for the black playing card symbol, was added to a list of disdainful references for people of African lineage.  Now, if you refer to a spade you’d better be holding either a playing card or a shovel due to colloquial distortion of the language.

Likewise, some people deem using the term Islamic or Muslim in conjunction with the word terrorist to mean you are referring to all Muslims or all followers of Islam as radicals that should be feared.  This projection is made to disassociate all terrorists from the faith they are following in their deeds.  Perhaps it is abasing the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad, but some terrorists are still Islamic Muslims.

Illegal alien is again a very descriptive and useful term that some are attempting to eliminate from conversation.  Replacing such a term with newcomers or undocumented workers softens the fact that a law of our country has been broken and the mollified term releases the lawbreakers from liability for that act.

Avoiding the use of certain depictive words is bringing us to a state of semantic blurring and confusion.  The English language must become descriptive again if we are to know and understand specifics.  Fear of accuracy should no longer be tolerated.  Redefining the meaning of the word “is” for use in normal discourse is a diversion.

Referring to a digging tool with a pointed steel end and a long handle as a shovel is fine.  It tells one exactly what you mean.  However, an earth relocation device is vague and could mean anything from a trowel to a bulldozer.  We can no longer refrain from calling a spade a spade.

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2 Responses to “CALLING A SPADE A SPADE”

  1. Basharr Says:

    In a country that prides itself on the right to free speech we see free speech upheld upheld for the filth of the Westboro Baptist Church, yet we have to curtail our own speech to be more Politically Correct as to not offend others. I call a spade a spade and it has nothing to do with color and if people can’t handle that then tough luck. Political Correctness is offensive to me and something that is crippling this nation. What ever happened to telling it like it is?

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  2. looky Says:

    Nicely put from an excellent blogger

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