Saturday, March 17, 2012

Going Green

I am green today and not with envy. Ever wonder why we wear green on Saint Patrick's Day?

It was a good thing that the person in the following article didn't have the luck of the Irish because an honest person found the gold:

Did I use the phrase "Luck of The Irish" correctly? Some say yes, because the phrase means bad luck. Others say it means good luck.

So I hope today is lucky for you but for the time being I will refrain from wishing you Luck Of The Irish but I will wish you HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!

Comment Away.


Pat said...

I just figured wearing green was because Ireland is sort of green. And there's a song about the "...wearin' of the green", but I don't know if it gives any information, as that's the only lyric I remember. I like the one about green making you invisible to leprechauns, so if anybody ever asks me, that's the one I'll use.

The taxi driver may have delayed because he was wrestling with his conscience. And who can blame him? He made the right decision in the end, and I'm glad he got a reward.

Interesting about the "luck" thing. I've always assumed it meant good luck, but now if I ever use the term, which I don't think I ever have, I'll have to specify which kind I mean. This blog is SO educational! {g}

And a Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too, Bill! And to all visiting here.

Lady DR said...

Once again, Bill has sent me off to explore (given I have a wee drop of Irish blood in my veins)

Actually, the original color was blue. Not real clear on how that changed. At some point, the Catholics wore green and the Protestants wore orange, the two colors in the Irish flag. When the Irish came to America, green became the color.

The song - "Wearin' of the Green" - was written during a rebel period around the late 1700s and it referred to the fact the British dictated there could be no shamrocks grown in Ireland and wearing the shamrock (a sign of rebellion) was punishable by hanging. If you go to YouTube and search for Tone Wolfes and the song title, they do an excellent rendition.

As to the cab driver - don't know Thai laws, but I wonder if he was afraid of some sort of prosecution or, as Pat says, wrestling with his conscience.

The luck thing - it appears that the majority of information indicates the "luck of the Irish" generally runs to bad. (Guess I'm glad I've only a wee drop of that blood). I did stumble on a website that gives an "interesting" explanation of the phrase. (Uh, one must have a somewhat warped sense of humor for this one).

Hope everyone reading had a happy St. Pat's day and is enjoying the green of spring.

William J. said...

Hi Pat

I honestly never gave it much thought about why we wear green but when I was looking for something to post about today it just seemed to be a good fit. I also like the about green making you invisible to leprechauns.

I would be like the cab driver. I would hesitate and think about all the things I could do with the money. Then after a day or two I would do the right thing and I might even refuse the reward.

I also thought it meant good luch and have never even thought about it being anything but until I read the article. If truth be told I even changed my intro to the cab driver story.


William J. said...


Some pretty darn interesting stuff! One of the reasons I like the blog is that I learn a lot from you and the other posters.

I am often accused of being Irish but have no Irish blood. German, French, Dutch, & English.

I never knew the original color was blue but wish it still was because I have more blue in my wardrobe than green.

Love the history of the song, "Wearin' of the Green", and the banning of wearin the shamrock.

The cabbie very well could have been worried about prosecution and their laws are pretty severe if someone is determined to be a thief.

I also came to the conclusion that the phrase "Luck of The Irish" mostly means bad luck. Who knew.

Thanks for some interesting stuff.