|Olivepl||Date: Sunday, 2015-12-06, 5:26 AM | Message # 1|
|Call a spade a spade speak one's mind, put things bluntly the ancient greeks had a popular proverb for plain speaking, 'to call figs figs, and a tub a tub'. Plutarch quoted the expression in an episode of sayings of kings and commanders but, when the scholar erasmus drew upon the work in 1500 for his adagia (a collection of greek and latin proverbs traced back to their origins), he substituted 'spade' for 'tub'. Erasmus' version stuck and to call a spade a spade has been in popular use ever since.|
And here's another truth!
Anise is the scent on the artificial rabbit that is used in greyhound races.