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call a spade a spade

Does this slang come from poker cards?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    It's unclear where the term originated, but it is unlikely that it's related to poker. The Phrase Finder website has an interesting entry on the saying:

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/call-a-spade-a-spade.html

    If you come to the United States, it would be a good idea NOT to use this expression.

    Some people feel that it is insulting to a certain racial group.

    I cannot explain more here. If you research the Web, I am sure that you can find a complete explanation.

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