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! ☘
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.)