Is It St. Paddy’s or St. Patty’s Day?
March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is the one day each year when anyone is welcome to become Irish for a couple of hours and I’m totally okay with that. I have absolutely no problem with the world celebrating my heritage along with me!
Have you ever noticed that sometimes people refer to St. Patrick’s Day as ‘St. Patty’s Day,’ and other times they refer to it as ‘St. Paddy’s Day?’ Which is correct? Are they both?
If you don’t want to say the full ‘St. Patrick’s Day,’ the next best thing to say would be ‘St. Paddy’s Day.’ The website Paddy Not Patty explains it best: Patty is actually a woman’s nickname (short for Patricia) so you wouldn’t want to refer to St. Patrick’s Day as one that honors a woman (St. Patrick was a man). So why ‘Paddy?’ Because the That the D’s in Paddy come from the Irish spelling of the name Patrick, which is Pádraig.