It's pretty much universally known that March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, is the one day each and every year when anyone and everyone is welcome to become Irish, if only for a couple of hours. St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday and I have absolutely no problem with the world celebrating my heritage along with me. The more the merrier, right?  

I bet you've heard this, but not really paid any attention and I think it's time to put a spotlight on it. I'm talking about people who say 'St. Patty's Day' versus those who say 'St. Paddy's Day.' You might think that it's not really a big deal and that either of those terms is acceptable but I'm here to tell you that if you think that way, you'd be wrong. So, which one is correct?

If you don't want to take the time to fully say 'St. Patrick's Day,' the next best thing to say would be 'St. Paddy's Day' and the reason makes total sense.

The website Paddy Not Patty explains why St. Patrick's Day should be referred to as St. Paddy's Day and not St. Patty's Day. Patty is actually a woman's nickname (short for Patricia) so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to refer to St. Patrick's Day as one that honors a woman because as we all know, St. Patrick was a man. 

The reason that 'Paddy' is acceptable is that the D's in 'Paddy' comes from the Irish spelling of the name Patrick, which is spelled Pádraig.