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Calling a spade a spade

Posted on October 29th, by admin in thinking. Comments Off on Calling a spade a spade

Before I write what I wanted to write a word about the title. It means ‘to tell it how it is’. There are no racial connotations and in fact the earliest form of this expression comes from the Greek philosopher Plutarch (he died around 120BC). Erasmus used it in his writings and the expression came to the UK in the 16th century. It is a statement of the obvious, and in its earlier forms it was to call a fig a fig or call a trough a trough… so enough with the etymology of the phrase and rest assured it is not meant for racist purposes.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. “Go, consecrate the … Read More »