Funny Tings NOT to do on St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day has become an increasingly prominent festival away from its main cultural roots in Ireland. The US takes St Patrick’s Day very seriously – if serious is the right word – with exuberant celebrations and a heavy emphasis on drinking, and all across the UK there are now parades and revelries associated with the patron saint of Ireland. The general way to go about celebrating St Patrick’s is fairly clear by now, but there are some things that have made their way into popular culture outside of Ireland that aren’t so appropriate. Here is a quick look at some things not to do on the 17th.


Talk with an Irish accent

Some of the most cringe-worthy moments you can come across in the world involve somebody trying to pull off an appalling accent. Just because it’s St Patrick’s Day should not allow the whole world’s population to try and talk as though they’re Irish. It may seem like it’s a great way of getting into the swing of things, but for everyone else’s sake, you might want to reconsider. They’re not likely to be enchanted by a few incoherent words.

Wear a novelty t-shirt

The generic ‘kiss me I’m Irish’ t-shirt has migrated from the US to become something of a cultural phenomenon. While it might be something that New Yorkers feel entirely comfortable with, it’s somewhat harder to pull off for people in other countries, especially if you don’t actually have any Irish roots to speak of.

Pronounce ‘Paddy’ as ‘Patty’

This may seem like an odd request, but more and more people are coming to refer to St Patrick affectionately as ‘Patty’ instead of ‘Paddy.’ Paddy is an acceptable Irish abbreviation of the patron’s name, but the moniker seems to have diverged somewhere along the line. Patty in the US also means a beefburger, so perhaps this combination of festival food and glottal accents is to blame. Whatever the reason, there’s no excuse for someone in the UK wishing people “happy Patty’s Day”.

Go over the top

There are some great St Patrick’s Day celebrations to attend in the UK, with the parade in Birmingham being third only to Dublin and New York in terms of scale. But this doesn’t mean that everyone has a license to take leave of their senses. If you’re going to celebrate, you should be able to get into the spirit of things without decorating your face and wearing an Irish flag as a cape. Remember that flags in general aren’t the most respectful item of clothing, especially if you’re not going to take care of it or if you happen to be bare-chested and painted green at the time.

Get so drunk you fail to turn up to work

So you’re merrily in the pub with your mates and you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a pint of Guinness. You have to work in the morning but you’ve been offered another pint. Another one surely won’t hurt? Those immortal last words. Before you know it, it’s 11:00am the next morning, you have a stinking hangover and you were supposed to be at work 2 hours ago.
So there you have it. These are just a few funny examples of things to bear in mind, but for most people, St Patrick’s Day is a blast. Check out events near you to make the most of this great celebration.

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