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Why do people all potatoes patatoes

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer about 5 years ago
2 answers 1699 views
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added about 5 years ago

I like to call them spuds :)

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added about 5 years ago

Because the first syllable in the word "potato" is not accented, thus making the "o" sound less distinct and more like a short "u" sound. This "uh" sound can happen with any vowel in a non-stressed syllable; the linguistic term for it is "schwa" and it makes life hell for challenged spellers :)

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