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It’s Paddy, not Patty


It’s that time of year when my social media timelines start the great debate…Paddy versus Patty.

1 ) Patrick = Pádraig = Paddy
2 ) St. Patrick’s Day is on 17th March.
3 ) St. Paddy’s Day is a national holiday here.
4 ) We never use Patty for Patrick = Pádraig = Paddy
5 ) Patty = burger

I finally got around to writing and uploading one of my knitting with wire patterns. Just in time for Paddy’s Day

I’m making a statement by launching my new pattern, It’s Paddy, not Patty a shamrock brooch knit with wire.

The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download…

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4 thoughts on “It’s Paddy, not Patty

    1. Because they see a t in the name Patrick, not a d. You don’t get a sense of the origin being the name Pádraig in the States because that name doesn’t really exist there, and men named Patrick are never given the nickname Paddy there. Rick, perhaps, Pat sometimes. Paddy? Never. Also, Patty sounds identical to Paddy in an American accent. While you may see everyone tweeting/texting/writing “Happy St Patty’s Day”, in real life it sounds just like “Happy St Paddy’s Day”. They don’t insist it’s Patty, they just know no different and it just makes sense when you live thousands of miles away from the culture that spawned the holiday.

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