I'm not sure but it could be something to do with playing the spoons, which is an old Irish tradition I think.
Is it (still) a feature which can be seen in comic shows in your country?
Hi, Cirrus,Lighten up folks! Are we not missing a trick here? For me and the vast majority of kids brought up singing this rhyme knick knack paddy whack is and remains just the meaningless doggerel of a children's counting rhyme. Certainly I can't remember it having any significance singing it as a kid or with any kids I sing it with at work. It gets over rhythm, playing with numbers, enjoying the sound of words and pronoucing them clearly. Toddlers and little ones love it.
Cagey, moderator. >>Re: paffy wack . A paddywack is the large gristle than runs down the back of chuck.. A chuck is a braising steak that is sliced into portions to braise it is about eighteen inches to two feet long and is very tough it would take a dog a long time to consume this gristle. I dont know where the bit about give the dog a bone comes from , but that is what a paddywack is in butchery terms it is of no use to the butcher or the consumer. Regards boviner.
I would suggest that few, if any, English people use the word as a racist expression anymore.I can't help with 'play knick-knack', I'm afraid, but 'paddywhack' is a regrettably racist English expression dating from around the 17th century and means an Irishman
Returning to topic, and going on an archeological dig waaaaay back into the archives of my memory -
Paddy whack? I thought everybody knew that 'paddy-whack' means a small boat. It derives from the Celtic 'padh-y-weic', meaning 'keep your feet dry'.So did you all come up with a "valid" meaning for "paddy whack?" I am thinking of opening a Knick Knack store outside of Chicago, IL, USA and would like to use the words Paddy Whack in the name, but I know customers will ask what a Paddy Whack is. I'd like to have something more interesting than the neck tendon of a cow.
Having done a little more research, I find that 'paddy-whack' is another of those words the British brought back from India (like 'chutney' and 'bungalow'). It comes from the Hindustani dialect phrase 'padhi vikh', meaning 'a superb selection of high-quality gifts at affordable prices'.So did you all come up with a "valid" meaning for "paddy whack?" I am thinking of opening a Knick Knack store outside of Chicago, IL, USA and would like to use the words Paddy Whack in the name, but I know customers will ask what a Paddy Whack is. I'd like to have something more interesting than the neck tendon of a cow.