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GUEST,Joe_F Origins: Knick Knack Patt/ddy Whack -This Old Man (81* d) RE: Origins: Knick Knack Patt/ddy Whack -This Old Man 20 Mar 06

According to the OED, the word can mean an Irishman (earliest quot. 1811), an unlicensed almanac (1886), a rage (1899), a severe thrashing (1898), or a ruddy duck (North Carolina, 19th c.).

It might be noted that most Americans pronounce "paddy" and "patty" the same: t between vowels gets voiced, as in Spanish. (Sounds vulgar to me, but never mind.) So the spelling, over a large swath the U.S., would be arbitrary.

--- Joe Fineman

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