Ameliorated words of offensive origin

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Fri Mar 2 16:30:09 UTC 2001

Lynne Murphy <lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK> writes:

It comes from 'paddy' not 'patty' of course, since the Irish form of
Patrick is Padraig and is diminuted (how's that for a back-formation?) as

Oh, come on, Lynne. As long as we're on a roll, let's do it right. Call it
a back-form.

-- Mark

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