from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a brand of fine china and earthenware.
  • Spode, Josiah 1754-1827. British potter. In 1800 he founded a pottery that became famous for its bone china.

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  • n. a brand of fine English porcelain
  • n. English potter who started a pottery famous for its bone china (1754-1827)


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  • * Roderick Spode is a comedy character in the Jeeves and Wooster novels by Wodehouse-an erswhile fascist who set up the “Blackshorts” to terrorise the local population on October 24, 2009 at 12: 22 pm Officer and a lady

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  • The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone.

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  • Bertie Wooster: The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone.

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  • One of the most perfect of English porcelains, known as Spode, was produced by combining with this type of paste pulverized bones. "

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  • The Portmeirion Group bought the rights to Spode and Royal Worcester and has moved some Spode lines (including the 'Blue Italian') back from east Asia to Stoke.

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  • Spode Trade Winds Blue Tankards Set of 2 Mint Condition dale earnhardt sr tankard (franklin mint)

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  • While many large, famous tableware companies in England and the U.S. have faced major setbacks in the last few years—Lenox and Wedgwood are recovering from bankruptcy; Spode and Royal Worcester live on as mere brands within a larger company—studio-made pottery coming out of small shops across the States is flourishing.

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  • Four years later, having helped to drive two unionist leaders from power for being too ready to compromise with nationalists, Mr Craig and his Ulster Vanguard brought the politics of neo-nazism, though spiced with a touch of PG Wodehouse's Roderick Spode, back to Ireland, with Mr Craig inspecting lines of thousands of masked supporters and vowing to "liquidate the enemy".

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  • I hoisted the lid off the Spode vegetable dish and, from the depths of its hand-painted butterflies and raspberries, spooned out a generous helping of peas.

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  • The habit became custom and within a few decades Edwardian Britain, fueled by entrepreneurs such as Josiah Spode, who invented the bone china that kept the tea hot in fine cups, was sitting down at five o'clock for a ritual that included music, servants and its own etiquette.

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  • “Last evening I attended a lovely cello recital in a private home in my neighborhood. Sitting in the parlor listening to Brahms on a 1768 Benjamin Banks, many of us deep in reverie (or snoozing—hard to tell), I was startled to see at the very moment of its toppling a teacup roll off its saucer from the lap of my abstracted neighbor Peggy. I tensed for the crash, but the cup hit the plush Oriental, somersaulted gently onto the wood floor, and miraculously righted itself without a sound. At a suitable moment, I retrieved it from under the settee and handed it back. Peggy inspected it for damage, caught her breath, and whispered ‘Spode!’ ”

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