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Thread: If You Are Irish, Do You Find Being Called A 'Paddy' Offensive?

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    Default If You Are Irish, Do You Find Being Called A 'Paddy' Offensive?

    If you are Irish and not called Patrick/Patricia, do you think that being referred to as a 'Paddy' is abusive?
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    I personally do not! And I doubt many under 50s do!

    Also do you think calling St. Patrick's Day, "Paddy's Day" is wrong?

    A poll a few years ago, over on another well known site, which is probably and understandably not possible to link to, suggested and even split more or less!
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    It`s all in the tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Urko View Post
    If you are Irish and not called Patrick/Patricia, do you think that being referred to as a 'Paddy' is abusive?
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    I personally do not! And I doubt many under 50s do!

    Also do you think calling St. Patrick's Day, "Paddy's Day" is wrong?

    A poll a few years ago, over on another well known site, which is probably and understandably not possible to link to, suggested and even split more or less!
    Its not the word that's important but how its used.

    Some people will say paddy with hatred, others with affection.

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    An old lady in an old people's home in New York insisted on calling me "Mick" as she ordered me about while I was mopping her room.

    How the nurses and I laughed.

    And is Paddy's Day really named after a Christian Saint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toland View Post
    An old lady in an old people's home in New York insisted on calling me "Mick" as she ordered me about while I was mopping her room.

    How the nurses and I laughed.

    And is Paddy's Day really named after a Christian Saint?



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    RE Tone - I would imagine outsiders using terms about or to Black folk, Jews etc. would regardless of tone!
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    I remember hearing the expression "throwing a paddy" for the first time in London and it caused me to raise an eyebrow but given they had comedy east end /Essex accents I couldn't take them seriously
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    No.

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    I prefer it to my actual name.

    It's not easy being a 'Bono'.

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    Ive found that Welsh people dont like being called Taffies and the Scots dont usually think Jocks is a term of affection.

    If Irish people want to reclaim what was originally a sneer, go for it, I suppose. Much like black people can say "You is my n&iggah" but white people had better be careful getting in on the act.
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