Spud, Spudded

To spud a well means to start drilling or digging with a spud.

Q: What is a spud?

A1: A potato.

A2: A digging or cutting tool having the characteristics of a spade and a chisel.

The past participle of the verb “spud” is “spudded,” which follows the rule about doubling the letter after a short vowel before adding –ed.

Two Ds – great for participles, not so great for report cards.

The same rule applies to the present participle, spudding.

Think of it as “pudding” with an S – at the beginning, not at the end, in which case it would be “puddings.”

Typo of the Day:

Theses wells will be completed with a beam pump.

“Theses” is the plural of “thesis,” which means a hypothesis or position to be proved.

Many Master’s degrees require a thesis to be written as a capstone of a research project.

So, hypothetically, these wells are going to be completed with a “nodding donkey.”

Profound Quote of the Day:

“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”

– Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, 1899-1961



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