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spade vs. shovel

Date:Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 22:45
In a message dated 4/15/2008 14:34:41 PM Central Daylight Time,
dedalvs@GMAIL.COM writes:

> And why can't "spade" have the definition "old word for shovel"? >
To me (midwestern USA, 52yr), a shovel has a pointed tip, and a spade has a square edge. A spade also has short ?stem with a grip, while a shovel may have a short stem with a grip or a long stem with no grip. The long shovels are never long enough, though, it seems. I have a couple of shovels, but no spades. A snow shovel, on the other hand, is really a very broad spade, but nobody would call it that. stevo </HTML>


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>