Not terms you'd want to be used about you if you're serious about your Irish heritage.
Well, more serious at least than a green leprechaun hat and getting pissed as a fart on Paddy's Day.
So, how do we avoid such labels?
How do you know if you are making a tit of yourself when you tell people you're Irish? How do you know if you make the grade?
I don't believe it's all about being born here, but ya gotta understand the culture. Walk it as well as talk it like.
You might be a Plastic Paddy if
you claim to be Irish and...
- You have ever, as an adult, dressed up like a leprechaun. Or even worn one of those ginger novelty wig and cap things. Yes, even if it was 'just a joke'.
- You can't pronounce place-names like Mullingar, Ballaghaderreen, or Graiguenamanagh.
- You have no concept of the inherent danger in leaving on the immersion.
- You would not know how to correctly address a Siobhán, a Derbhla, or a Caoimhe.
- The wooden spoon holds no fear for you.
- You have ever argued about Irish culture with a person born/raised in Ireland, as in, told them they must be mistaken because you know better.
- Your best friend spends the evening goading and mocking you, and you get really upset.
- You have no idea of the magical healing properties of flat 7up.
- When you say something is 'grand', it's to indicate size, or higher levels of posh.