Happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone. But be careful how you say it.

COURTESY PHOTO - This meme appears on the Dublin Airport Facebook profile, warning visitors to the country to avoid the scathing mistake of refering to the day as 'St. Patty's Day.'

As I was wading around Facebook Thursday morning (obviously working diligently to put together another excellent edition of The Outlook) I came across this post from Good Morning America, with an answer to a question I'd asked myself many times before: Is it St. Patty's Day or St. Paddy's Day?

Turns out there's a cultural reason straight from the Irish that sides with "Paddy," even though at first glance that doesn't seem to make sense to a non-Irish editor from Northwest Oregon.

Here's what I discovered.

The Dublin Airport is welcoming visitors to the green nation with a meme on its Facebook profile, letting people know — in no uncertain terms — that the correct reference to the holiday is St. Paddy's Day.

But why?

St. Patrick was, of course, a man. But "Patty" is a nickname for Patricia, a woman's name, according to the website (which, as a professional journalist, I carefully researched by clicking the link and confirming its existence.)

The website goes on to explain that "Paddy" is derived from "Pádraig," an Irish male name deriving from the Latin Patricius.

So throughout the entire nation of Ireland, you won't find one native who would dare refer to the day as St. Patty's Day. It really riles 'em up.

So later today, while celebrating the exile of snakes from Ireland (probably an alternative fact) and while hoisting a pint of Guinness, pay heed to the Irish and give a shout out to St. Paddy on his one day of the year to shine.

Speaking of shining

CONTRIBUTED: QUINN ROSA - The photo of this coyote was taken near the Columbia Gorge Comfort Inn in Troutdale in February.We've been enjoying the contributed photos of local wildlife taken by people in our community. The shot of Wile E. Coyote (The Outlook, Page A4, Feb. 14) was photographed by Quinn Rosa near the Columbia Gorge Comfort Inn in Troutdale. And more recently, Cynthia Etter (The Outlook, Page A2, March 14) shared the image of a great blue heron taken at Sunrise City Park in Troutdale.

Thank you, Quinn and Cynthia. Besides enjoying the images of wildlife, we also appreciate your contributions.

Are there other local wildlife photographers out there who'd enjoy having their photos published in The Outlook? Give me a call at 503-492-5119, or send your photos via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An unabashed sales pitch

FILE PHOTO - Gresham Rotary Club members are knee deep in selling tickets for their annual wine raffle.Each year, the Gresham Rotary Club puts on its annual Wine Raffle and Auction. This year it's at 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 17 at Bonaventure, 22514 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

Rotary members are selling raffle tickets, with the grand prize of 100 bottles of wine, a $1,500 value. Tickets cost $5 each. If you'd like to purchase raffle tickets, you can reach out to me, Steve Brown, or to any Rotary Club member.

Gresham Rotary, chosen by The Outlook's readers as the top local service club, raises funds to support its philanthropic goals both locally and internationally.

If you want more information, or are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, call me at 503-492-5119, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Steve Brown is editor/publisher of The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News.

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