Where does the word “Paddywhack” come from and What does Paddywhack mean?

In England, perhaps because all Irishmen (each known as “Paddy”) have no love for the English, a paddywhack generally denotes a towering rage or, sometimes, the kind of thrashing that is most likely to accompany such a rage, a real, genuine, downright whacking.

But in America, where “Pat” or “Paddy” may be less given to fits of temper, the paddywhack has become considerably gentler.

It is still a punishment for a misdemeanor, usually one committed by a child, but it is rarely more than a spanking, often not very drastic.

where does the word paddywhack come from and what does paddywhack mean

Oh yes, for unfathomed reasons the ruddy duck is locally called paddywhack, often abridged to paddy.

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