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NPR Cites UVM Professor’s Work in Article on Genesis and Significance of Phrases

Proverb expert Professor Wolfgang Mieder is consulted in an NPR article analyzing the phrase “to call a spade a spade.” Mieder’s case study, Call a Spade a Spade: From Classical Phrase to Racial Slur, explains the origins of the term and how its meaning shifted over time. He argues ultimately that “it is best to relinquish the old innocuous proverbial expression all together." Read the story…