call a spade a spade

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To speak the truth; to say things as they really are.

Etymology:

  • A mistaken translation of Ancient Greek τὰ σῦκα σῦκα, τὴν σκάφην δὲ σκάφην ὀνομάσων. The word σκάφη was mistranslated by the medieval scholar Desiderius Erasmus as σκαφείον.
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Maybe God just calls a spade a spade, when the president talks to God. - Bright Eyes.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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