Speak plainly, don't use euphemisms
This phrase has been traced as far back as ancient Greece. The playwright Menander (approx 342-292 b.c.) is quoted as saying:
"I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade"Some people attribute this saying to Aristophanes (approx 450-385 b.c.)
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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