So today is officially St. Patrick’s Day, or the Western world’s favorite excuse to get a bit toxic (along with New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, Graduation Day, President’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, etc. etc.).
What a great time for social media engagement, right?! Last week Dublin Airport—which is somehow not among the top Facebook pages in Ireland—took the opportunity to remind everyone that Mac, Dennis and Charlie got it right: the correct nickname for St. Patrick is St. Paddy, NOT St. Patty.
This is not a new debate, BTW.
“Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella.
There isn’t a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as ‘Patty’. It’s as simple as that.”
But Marcus didn’t just make the page; he also created a handy embedded Twitter search to remind us all how often otherwise respectable people get it wrong:
Chicago right now for St. Patty’s Day pic.twitter.com/nTkVbexAln
— Earth Pics (@EARTHPlCS) March 16, 2014
Oh, random Twitter aggregator of other people’s photos. We can’t stay mad at you.
We should note that Dublin Airport took the time for a bit of engagement with some very light sass:
[Ed. note: As a Patrick I’m ashamed to say I never really appreciated the difference. I was too annoyed by people calling me “Pat.”]