If you want to convince an Irishman that youâ€™re an eejit, call March 17 â€œSt. Pattyâ€™s Day.â€ Letâ€™s be clear: Patty is short for Patricia, and Paddy is the nickname for Patrick.
A quick survey of the news reveals that there are a lot of eejits out there in the media using â€œSt. Pattyâ€ â€” too many to count.Â To make matters even worse, the misuse of St. Patty is disrespectful to another saint.
St. Patricia was a 7th century noblewoman who gave everything to the poor, took a vow of virginity and devoted her life to the Lord. St. Patty ended up near Naples after being shipwrecked during a voyage to Jerusalem. She later died and is now the cityâ€™s patron saint. Her feast day â€” which one might call St. Pattyâ€™s Day â€” is celebrated on August 25. According to Wikipedia, people believe that the dried remains of her blood turn to liquid on that day â€” and on â€œevery Tuesday morning.â€ The Tuesday part seems to make it less special.
So, letâ€™s not mix up our Pattys with our Paddys. Do it once and you can be forgiven as a simple eejit. Do again? Then youâ€™re a feckin eejit.