James O'Brien is Leading Britain's Conversation.
18 July 2017, 14:47
Why when we lose our cool is it called 'throwing a paddy'? This caller wanted to know.
Where does the origin of ‘throwing a paddy’ come from?
It comes from the slightly rude reference to Irish-ness, a historical reference to the Irish complaints about English oppression – so throwing a paddy is a complaint about William of Orange’s troops killing Catholics.