Go Stand In The Corner: Téigh seasamh sa chúinne

A shamrock. Notice, three leaves, not four. source: Wikipedia/ George McFinnigan, CC BY-SA 3.0

I know I’ve gone over this a couple of times, but since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d send a few of you to the corner for minor, yet annoying things associated with the day.

  • If you’re going to shorten it, please, it’s St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day. Patty is short for Patricia; Paddy is derived from Pádraig, the Irish form of Patrick. Go stand in the corner if you’ve been calling it "St. Patty’s Day."
  • The picture above is that of a shamrock, one of the many symbols of the Republic of Ireland. It’s said that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a way of explaining the Holy Trinity, where the plant represents God and the leaves represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three Persons, One God. In contrast, a four-leaf clover has four leaves and thus has one too many leaves to represent the Trinity and thus has pretty much nothing to do with God or Ireland. If you’re using four-leaf clovers instead of shamrocks to celebrate the day, go stand in the corner.

I had something that was a little more contentious than this that I was going to use for today, but decideed to use this instead. Anyway, in honor of the holiday, I’ll stand in the corner for you. Have a good St. Patrick’s Day, or what remains of it, and please, don’t drink and drive.

By the day, Téigh seasamh sa chúinne is Irish for "Go stand in the corner."

8 thoughts on “Go Stand In The Corner: Téigh seasamh sa chúinne

  1. Did you know that corned beef on St Patrick’s Day is an American invention? The Irish actually have boiled ham and cabbage. Learned this from my irish-born wife years and years ago. We actually have boiled smoked shoulder butt and cabbage. There are several versions of how it ended up as “corned beef and cabbage” but basically the early immigrants settled in the New York – Boston areas and found that ham or pork was too expensive but corned beef was plentiful and cheaper because of its popularity with the large Jewish population.

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    1. You mentioned that last year, I think. Smoked shoulder butt sounds great. We had barbecue pork sandwiches for dinner, and I think that was the cut Mary used.

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