Why Do We Throw a ‘Paddy’?

18 July 2017, 14:47

Throwing a paddy
Throwing a paddy. Picture: Google Images

Why when we lose our cool is it called 'throwing a paddy'? This caller wanted to know.

Question

Where does the origin of ‘throwing a paddy’ come from?

Nick, Aldershot

Answer

It comes from the slightly rude reference to Irish-ness, a historical reference to the Irish complaints about English oppression – so throwing a paddy is a complaint about William of Orange’s troops killing Catholics.

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