from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Irishman
  • n. A severe blow (especially in reference to the folk song This Old Man)
  • n. A strong elastic ligament or tendon in the midline of the neck of sheep or cattle (generally any quadruped) which relieves the animal of the weight of its head

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] Same as Paddy, 1.
  • n. Same as paddy, 3.
  • n. A cheap almanac or calendar, on one sheet. Also called paddy and Paddy's watch.
  • n. A fury; a rage.


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  • According to Wikipedia a paddywhack is a sheep or cow ligament, which can be dried and used as a dog treat. I presume that's the "give a dog a bone" reference in "This Old Man."

    I had thought this had something to do with hitting Irish people. Wrong again.

    June 13, 2010

  • At least you're not in Arkansas, jennarenn. :-)

    December 9, 2007

  • This old man came rolling home ...

    December 8, 2007

  • Why would anyone *ever* need another monicker for the exquisitely named Ruddy Duck? I'm a little ashamed of the Commonwealth.

    December 8, 2007

  • Old North Carolina nickname for the Ruddy Duck, a creature with more nicknames than it's possible to track. In Virginia it was caled the blatherskite, in Delaware and Arkansas a bristletail, in South Carolina a leatherbreeches, and in Arkansas (in addition to bristletail) a bumble-bee-buzzer.

    December 8, 2007