The idea of a euphemism is to avoid calling a spade a spade. Why you would want to avoid mentioning a spade is unclear, as it’s not a particularly offensive or embarrassing object. In our crosswords, we might call a spade ‘garden digger’, or ‘playing card symbol’.
In Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance Of Being Earnest, the dialogue between country girl Cecily and the more polished city-bred Gwendolen involves a spade: Cecily: “This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade [more…]