We’ve been over this ground before, and I know you’re improving, but now my good friends over at Vocativ have come up with a solution to fix the ignominy of North America referring to our patron saint’s day as “St. Patty’s”.
It may seem like an inconsequential thing, just two little, errant consonants on a day when most people are slurring their speech anyway, but to a large proportion of Irish people, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. In Ireland, the day is referred to as either St. Patrick’s Day (formal) or Paddy’s Day (informal).
Solution? A Google Chrome browser extension.
If you install their “Kill St. Patty” Google Chrome extension on your browser, every occurrence of “St Patty’s Day” on any website will be removed and changed to either “Paddy’s Day” or “St. Patrick’s Day”…
…as God intended. For Americans and Canadians, this will help you avoid offending Irish people, if that’s a concern of yours. For Irish people, this is internet ear muffs.
Pop over to Vocativ for their Chrome ‘St Patty’s Day’ killer extension - and then come back here and read this post again - where it won’t make much sense, but the rest of your browsing will be like looking at the World Wide Web through the eyes of an Irish man or Irish woman.
It doesn’t however fix “St Pat’s Day” or even the mixed-message “St Paddy’s Day” now gaining favour in America, but it’s a good start. Remember, if you care, there’s no (St) Patty’s Day in Ireland