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Names and Description
"(which can be oftentimes as large as a child's shoe)" This appears very unprofessional, should it be removed? Garric 23:24, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
- A child's shoe would be as big as a whole potato. I've never heard of hash browns made with whole potatoes. Removing the comment. --LuciferBlack 21:43, 1 July 2006 (UTC)
The generic name for these in Australia is "potato gems". Is this name used anywhere else? If it's widespread, it probably should be in the article. - 126.96.36.199 10:14, 13 November 2005 (UTC)
- I have seen generic, non-name-brand tater tots called "tater gems" and "potato gems." I do not know the origin of the name, nor have I seen it in any offical source... unless a school cafeteria lunch menu is an offical source? (I'm gonna guess no...) Do we need a source for such a minor piece of information though? 3Juno3 (talk) 22:51, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
Are these the US equivalent of potato croquettes? (Potato croquettes being small cylindrincal hash-brown-like fried shredded potatos) 188.8.131.52 00:05, 6 May 2006 (UTC)
- Yes. Daniel Davis 01:08, 6 May 2006 (UTC)
They are much smaller and crispier than croguettes. I have removed the unsourced and unverifiable claim that they are "one of the worlds most popular snack food"!! --Brideshead 15:00, 1 August 2006 (UTC)
I don't know where the heck the idea of "tater" coming from some obscure French word comes from. It's short for "potato" and it's a quite common term for potato in many American dialects, particularly the South and the Midwest. Fledchen 17:20, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
- Tater is definately an Americanism in origin. According to Merriam-Webster it dates back to 1759, and is an aphetic of Potato. The article had previously indicated that this was the case, but also indicated that it was New England slang. None of this had sources. I deleted the New England comment to read that it was slang, not New England slang, because I could find no source that said it was New England slang. One source (Dictionary.com) listed it as a Southern expression. Because of the confusion, I decided it would be best if the exact local origin was omitted until clarification can be sought. However, I added sources for both Tater and Tot word origin today. Jo7hs2 (talk) 18:00, 22 November 2007 (UTC)
Mexi-Nuggets? Ah, that would be Mexi-Fries®
Also Known as "Tots"?
- Yes. Menus for various restaurants have them listed as "Tots" and it is a commonly used term in the Rocky Mountain states. I'm not able to find a solid reference just yet, but they are referred to as "Tots" quite frequently. Gh5046 (talk) 17:29, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
You're kidding right - you've never heard them called tots? What amazes me is that this Wiki article hasn't been rewritten in UK English like those for most non-UK related topics.... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 16:27, 12 August 2010 (UTC)
I've taken and uploaded a new image over here. I'm noting it on this page in case anybody thinks this article could use it. Note that it takes advantage of the AdobeRGB color space, so browsers set up to take advantage of that will see the difference. --Major_Small (talk) 10:43, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
- Thank you. I can rest now knowing that there is a photo in Wikipedia of tater tots that has better color representation. --Will (talk) 04:35, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
A “novel” idea??
Surely the claim that the process of making them is “novel” is far too broad? They are surely just a commercial form of riced potatoes, hash-browns, potato fritters etc. What is novel about that…? Jock123 (talk) 10:32, 11 December 2009 (UTC)
In The UK
These things are for sale in many supermarkets in the UK: http://www.auntbessies.co.uk/products/potatoes-1/rustic-mini-rosti-1/
They aren't cylinder shapped like tater tots in the US, but they are the same thing.
I didn't add it because it is original research....