Paddy this and Paddy that

HSS

Senior Member
Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
What is this 'Paddy this and Paddy that' supposed to mean? Is this British?

Carl described himself as being no different from any other Irishman in London, working an office job he never would have in Dublin and wishing he could go home, particularly when the natives got restless and it was Paddy this and Paddy that on the train platforms, at the kiosks, in the queues for sausage and chips.
('Lass' by Alicia Erian)​
 
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Paddy" is a colloquial term for an Irishman. It's a short form of the name Patrick, a popular name in Ireland. "Paddy this and Paddy that" suggests that the 'natives' (the English) were complaining about the Irish; this impression is reinforced by "the natives got restless".
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Oh, I see, sound shift. It would be like Hiro this and Hiro that if my name were so popular as a typical Japanese name.:)
     
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