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