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March 17, 2011

St Patty’s Day

Green beer - perfect for St. Patty's Day, pic:

Living in the US means enjoying all sorts of holidays and celebrations one doesn’t get to celebrate in other countries.  So, today, March 17, st. Patricks Day or – affectionately, St. Paddy’s Day we are all Irish – or at least pretend to be – wear green, have shamrock necklaces laced around our necks and are frantically trying to catch leprechauns and gold pots at the end of rainbows.

Oh, I forgot the beer.  Of course, on St. Patrick’s Day we drink beer, ideally Guinness in Irish pubs and listen to Irish music.  A few bold ones will try and do a Riverdance imitation – after they had way too much Guinness, that is.

St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrating the most recognized patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick who brought Christianity to the island way back when (in the 4th century, if you must know).  In honor of St. Patrick one does the following: goes to church, wears green, specifically anything adorned with shamrocks and – most importantly and probably what makes the holiday so popular – the lent restrictions on food and alcoholic beverages are lifted so one feasts and drinks way too much.  The going-to-church part (especially catholic church in a predominantly protestant country) seems to be handled rather loosely here in the US, however, the drinking beer part is taken that much more seriously instead.

Don’t tell anybody but I can’t drink Guinness, tastes like motor oil to me so I am sitting at home, wear a green sweater, drink prosecco and write a blog.  How is that for embracing different cultures?

March 17, 2011

Goody two shoes

Let me make it clear right upfront:  a Goody two shoes is nothing you want to be or aspire to be.

Goody Two Shoes in all her sentimental goodness, pic: http://gazingatnavels.

The expression is used to describe a real goody-good person, somebody who is good or virtuous in a self-righteous, smug or sentimental manner.   Goody Two Shoes often make a big deal of their virtue and like to show it off to everybody. Goody Two Shoes can be male or female, the term does not imply gender.

Here is an example:

“She is such an annoying Goody Two Shoes, always perfectly behaved, never says a bad word, very polite to everybody, never misses a deadline, never late.  I can’t stand her!”

The expression generally is used in a negative sense, there are instances where it is used to describe perfectly wonderful, sweet people in an non-derogatory way but those are rarer and often people feel compelled to say something like “and I don’t mean that in a bad way” to qualify the term.  I personally would not use it for a nice person – the chance is to great that it would be taken as a backhanded compliment.

The origin is a British fairy tale similar to the Cinderella story where a poor little girl got a pair of shoes (she previously only owned one) and run around to tell everybody.  of course, she also married up because she was such a sweet, unassuming, modest little thing and lived happily …

You know the rest.