I watched this video the other day and just died: Americans Try to Pronounce Traditional Irish Names. So true, so funny.
And I meant to post this on St. Paddy’s Day and forgot: Selected entries from “Some Common Words Derived From Christian Names” (in Withycombe):
Biddy: nickname for an Irish-woman, from the prevalence of the name Brigid in Ireland; hence old biddy, an old woman. Also used for calling chickens.
mick(e)y: temper, possibly, like Paddy, from the supposed short temper of the Irish, with whom this is a common name.
Paddy: nickname for Irishman (cf. Biddy).
paddy(whack): a rage, fit of temper. (From the supposed irascibility of the Irish.)
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Love this! We definitely use Biddy in this context. And now I know Miss Rosary Brigid’s new nickname!
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I was just reading through some old posts and came upon this one from two years ago — I thought you all might be interested in seeing it again, I love learning things like this! ☘
Love things like this! Here in N. Ireland, Mickey/Mick can also be used in the phrase “taking the mick/Mickey, which can mean two things – taking advantage or making fun of!
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