Why Is a Potato Sometimes Called a Spud?

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The term spud for a small potato is derived from the digging of a hole before the planting of potatoes. The word has a mysterious origin and was originally used as a term for a short knife, most likely related to Dutch spyd or the Latin 'spad-' root meaning 'sword,' or English 'spade.'
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They are nicknamed after the "spud", a tool once used for planting potatoes.
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The etymology of spud is that this name for a potato comes from the digging of soil
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A small Dutch knife, or an evil society to keep potatoes out of Britain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spud PS If you want a really good read- there is a book called "The Potato-
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"As a slang term for a potato, "spud" first appeared in print around 1845 in E. J. Wakefield's "Adventure in New Zealand," apparently in a discussion of local
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