Patty's Day or Paddy's Day? What's the Deal?
We're going to broach a huge controversy. Patty's Day or Paddy's Day? Patty's Day makes more sense as a diminutive in the English spelling of Patrick, if you're Irish, however, that's a no go. Why? St. Patrick's name in Irish is Naomh (Saint) Pádraig (Patrick), the modern Irish typically use Patrick, but to be grammatically correct when shortening Patrick's Day use Paddy's Day. If you must, although shortening it is also frowned upon. Ultimately, the most correct greeting is "Happy St. Patrick's Day!" Want to impress your friends with your knowledge on St. Patrick's Day? Besides correctly spelling the abbreviation, use this Irish Gaelic greeting: Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (Happy St. Patrick's Day to You!) pronounce it lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch! While we're at it, here are some Paddy's Day dos and don'ts:
- St. Paddy's Day-correct St. Patty's Day makes you look like a gobshite (idiot)
- Learn some authentic slang, this will help you talk to your friends when they get bolloxed (very drunk).
- Slang for drunk: bolloxed, fluthered, gee-eyed, hammered, langers or langered, locked, motherless, mouldy (also means rotten), ossified, paralytic, plastered, polluted, shlossed, stocious, twisted (thank you to irishabroad.com for the slang)
- Don't drink green beer (do we need to explain?)
- Wear green sparingly St. Patrick's Day Green!
- Be respectful, this is a holiday meant to celebrate a revered spiritual leader of the Irish people, the patron saint of Ireland. Getting drunk and acting the git (a horrible person) is insulting to a noble people.