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I before E, Erin go Bragh

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The grammar nazi within me insists on making the following announcements:

1. It is Daylight Saving Time, not “savings” time. We are saving daylight, not savings daylight.

2. The proper abbreviation for St. Patrick’s Day is St. Paddy’s Day, not “Patty’s”. Patty is short for Patricia, whereas Saint Patrick was a man. (Patty can also refer to a burger, but that still doesn’t make any sense.)

post script — Paddy, like Mick or Taig (Teague), has been used for centuries as an ethnic slur—a common form of disrespect referring to an entire body of people by a stereotypical name—but it’s not an insult if it’s actually your name. Just an FYI.


Written by camcarlson

March 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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