Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Patty vs. Paddy

by Rachel Hoyt

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Patty is derived from the name Patrick.
Paddy's comes from Padraig (which is Gaelic).
It is best to say St. Patty's Day.
Throw paddy wagon memories away.
Don't torture the Irish geriatrics.

© Rachel Hoyt.  2011 All rights reserved.

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  1. I am ashamed to admit this, but I sang Pattie Cakes to my daughter for about 11 months after her birth, before learning that it was Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake. I am not proud to admit this, but, then again, I am not proud to admit that I can talk to myself in another dimension. In my defense, I am sure there is a Pattie out there who does pat cakes...

  2. English is such a goulash of linguistic influences that one can hardy be blamed for all the confusion and colloquial variations of even the simplest words.

    One of my favorite tunes is "Paddy in The Synagogue" by Adrian Legg.

  3. @Atypical Scott - Don't feel bad! I always sang it that way too. Then one day (and I don't remember why) I saw the lyrics in print and thought, OOPS! :)

    @Bubba - True, there are many influences in the english language and I don't blame it for that... but I do research which term is currently preferred. :)

  4. <~~~~~patty cake.....LOL...As always...XOXOXO

  5. How cute -- I would never have known...yes, wouldn't want to "torture the Irish geriatrics." HA!

  6. Loving it - although I'll never shorten it. It'll always be Patrick to me x

  7. I dislike limericks, usually, but this was funny and too smart to deny. Excellent.

  8. @BB & Jingle - So glad you enjoyed it!

    @Jimi Ann - I had never thought about it either! I was just looking for St. Patrick's day info that would make a good rhyme and came across that article. :) Glad you got a kick out of the Irish geriatrics line. I giggle every time I see it. Hehehehe.

    @SJ - Yep. I stick with St. Patrick's Day as well... for the most part. :)

    @Steve - There is nothing more flattering to hear than, "Well, I usually don't like this type of thing, but YOURS I like." :) Thank you!!! :)

  9. This limerick was just fine.Today , I came to know another name for St.Patrick's day!

  10. St. Pat's here. But what do I know? I'm Sth American..Lovely little post


  11. I still prefer St. Patricks Day!

  12. I just refer to it as "Wear green so no one bothers you day." Interesting linguistic lesson, though.

  13. @Uma - I'm glad I could teach you something new! It was actually new info for me too. :)

    @Alejandro - What is Sth American? Does the S stand for superhero? serendipidous? supercalifragiliciousexpialidocious? :)

    @Wanda - Me too! I rarely shorten the name.

    @Doug - LOL. I suppose it could also be called Green or Pinch Day? :)

  14. I can't believe you knew how to spell supercalifragiliciousexpialidocious

  15. Sorry Rachel but it's .. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious .. as sung in Mary Poppins .. but I like the idea that it's de'licious' .. {;oP

    btw: did you know that Padraig is pronounced sort of like 'Pouric' ? .. true - had an Irish friend with that name ..

    Nice little rhymes for the day - Guinness and Baileys sounds great actually .. but, an "Irish car bomb" !?! haha .. don't know if that would go over too well in the pub there haha .. Cheers, and hope you recuperated .. {;o)

  16. @AJ - What?! You don't know how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? It turns out, neither do I! (Thanks KD. Actually I do know how to spell it, but was just typing super fast and thinking that word sounded delicious. :)

    @KD - multiple lessons! :) I did not know how to pronounce Padraig (which is why I didn't try to rhyme with it, hehe) but I did know how to spell supercali... heck, I'm not typing THAT again! :) And yes... I have a feeling you can't get an Irish Car Bomb in the local pub in Dublin. LOL. :)

  17. Rachel, no worries - I didn't know how to spell it either, so had to look it up .. the reason I did is because once when I was a little kid (and was supposedly the 'best speller' in my class) the teacher gave that word as a bonus point on a test - I didn't have a clue how to spell it then, and only now have learned for sure haha .. Thanks for all your St Paddy's Day rhymes .. {;o)

  18. You're welcome for the St. Pattie's day rhymes! :) Always a pleasure to have you stop by. :)


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...