So why am I bringing this up?
Well, recently I inherited some of my grandfather's tools, including what I referred to as a "pitch fork". It has his initials carved into the (short) handle and is pretty darn cool.
My uncle proposed that I call it by its proper name, a spading fork, and mentioned that he has the matching short handled shovel. Apparently I have now been put on the list to receive that as well.
I am a firm believer in the idea that you learn something new every day, if you are paying attention. I never knew that there was such a thing as a "spading fork". I thought that anything with a handle and tines shaped like a fork was called a "pitchfork". Makes sense, though. No one is going to pitch anything with the short handled version, but they might "spade".
Per Noah Webster and his compatriot Merriam:
So here's my follow-up question? If my uncle has a "spade" that belonged to my grandfather, and my implement is officially called a "spading fork", why isn't the other half called a "spading spoon". Just makes sense to me.verb: : to dig up or out or shape with or as if with a spade