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LongTomH

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Thu Mar 9, 2017, 08:19 PM Mar 2017

The Luck of the Irish is Definitely NOT with Trump!!!!! [View all]

From the NY Times: Trump St. Patrick’s Day Hats Disappear After Shamrock Mix-Up:

St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us, and Team Trump would like you to know that for just $50 you can purchase a green “Make America Great Again” hat embroidered with a symbol that has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.

The hats went on sale last week in advance of the holiday, celebrated on March 17, and had a four-leaf clover — instead of a three-leaf shamrock — stitched on the back. A four-leaf clover is not a symbol of Ireland. It is just a plant.

On Wednesday afternoon the hats disappeared from Mr. Trump’s online store. A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump did not respond to questions about why the hats were taken off the website.

Social media users, especially those in Ireland — where Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular — were quick to pounce, as was the news media there. The Irish Independent, a popular daily newspaper, described the four-leaf clover as “a sugary, oat piece that you’ll find in a box of Lucky Charms cereal” that “has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland.”

Mixing up the number of leaves on a shamrock is an easy mistake to make, especially in the United States, where St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated even by people with no substantive connection to Ireland.

And, if that wasn't enough......

Another common misunderstanding is referring to the holiday as “St. Patty’s Day,” he said. (The Independent sneered about the American pronunciation: “St. Patty’s Day as they insist on calling it.”)

“Patty” is not the nickname used for a man named Patrick. It is the nickname used for a woman named “Patricia.” Men named Patrick — including the saint honored on March 17 — are referred to casually as “Paddy.” Like many Americans, the Republican Party made that mistake, too, in its advertisement for the Trump hat.
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