Why do people all potatoes patatoes
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I like to call them spuds :)
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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Well played. You deserve a cookie.
Rest thee, little florets.
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