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Bongomatic 08:12, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

RFV discussion[edit]

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Rfv-sense: a hole in socks. DCDuring TALK 12:55, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Hmm. A hole in your socks is definitely a potato (in the UK). I've never actually heard it called a spud. SemperBlotto 14:46, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
I'm glad I didn't speedy it. DCDuring TALK 15:00, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Cited. Plus one with "spud-hole." One 1980 source said the usage was dying out, and suggested a connection with people walking around with a potato in their sock, as a cure for rheumatism. Pingku 15:48, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Could you tell if it was UK usage or more general? DCDuring TALK 17:53, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Cassell's Dict of Slang has it, without geographic restriction, as from late 19th C. DCDuring TALK 18:07, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
The source I mentioned is The Muvver Tongue, by w:Robert Barltrop and Jim Wolveridge. See [1] (assuming these links work). Pingku 20:48, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Probably non US? DCDuring TALK 20:57, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
That sums up my feeling.Pingku 21:09, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

RFV passed. Thanks for the cites, Pingku! —RuakhTALK 01:08, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

OE chat[edit]

What's OE chat? 22:05, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Etymology og spud (potato)[edit]

Recently I've read that the word spud with the sense potato is basically an acronym of "Society for Prevention of Unhealthy Diet" S.P.U.D. - I don't know whether this is true or not, but if so this should be mentioned in the etymology section.-- 23:06, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Not true. Equinox 23:06, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks!-- 23:07, 16 November 2017 (UTC)