We've heard both sides of the story and now you've had your say! It's Paddy, not Patty, this St Patrick's Day.
Over the past few days, we've published several pieces on the argument that erupts every year regarding the nickname that we award our patron saint, Saint Patrick.
While native Irish kick up a fuss about the use of "Happy St Patty's Day" some Irish Americans have been defending their use of Patty with even arguing that Paddy is the version that's offensive.
We decided to open the floor up and decide once and for all whether Patty is acceptable or not and according to IrishCentral readers, Paddy is the only way to go!
Over half of you who took our poll use Paddy while a further 30% don't use anything other than St Patrick as they feel Patty and Paddy are both offensive. Just 5% of you use Patty instead of Paddy.
"Paddy if you must NEVER Patty. And should be Patrick," one reader commented.
"Paddy or St. Padraig," said another.
Still can't make up your mind? Here are opinions on either side of the argument to help:
- "Paddy, not Patty" website clears up common St. Patrick's Day error
- "St. Patty's Day" is common in the USA and we shouldn't be bullied out of it
What do you make of the Paddy v Patty controversy? Let us know in the comments section, below.
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