My yearly PSA

This is a Public Service Announcement, from your resident Irish Catholic…

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick, the male patron saint of Ireland.  Now, I know most of you aren’t going to celebrate his feast day, March 17th, by going to church or praying a rosary.  I’ll let that one slide, especially if you’re not Catholic.

However, I beg of you – beg! – that you at least get his name correct.  Really, in his honor, you should be nice and keep it to Saint Patrick.  But if you must shorten his name, for the love of Ireland, don’t refer to it as St. Patty’s Day!

Patty is the nickname for Patricia.  Not Patrick.  So saying you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day means you’re celebrating St. Patricia’s Day, which would be August 25th (St. Patricia is the patron saint of Naples, Italy, if you must know.)

Patrick is shortened to Paddy.  Not Patty.  Paddy = Patrick.  Patty = Patricia.

Please get that all straight.  The Patricks of the world thank you.