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Old 17 March 2010, 04:40 PM
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Comment: Why do we pinch people who are not wearing green on St. Patricks
Day?

The rumor is... "its an american tradition... in the 1700s, They thought
if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was
good because they would pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching is to
warn and remind you about the Leprechauns."

Is this true? I have lived in Ireland and my Irish friends thought
Americans were crazy when I told them about the pinching tradition. They
had never heard of it.
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Old 17 March 2010, 04:43 PM
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I suspect there's a lot about the American celebration(s) of St. Patrick's Day that people in Ireland have never heard of and would find irrelevant, if not crazy.
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Old 17 March 2010, 04:44 PM
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I'd not heard about it until I saw that episode of The Simpsons where Bart gets drunk on St Patrick's Day. I have not seen or heard a single other reference to it in my life. Except here on snopes,of course
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Old 17 March 2010, 04:50 PM
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If anyone pinches me today I will punch them in return. I hate the way people act on St. Patrick's Day.
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Old 17 March 2010, 04:57 PM
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I'd not heard about it until I saw that episode of The Simpsons where Bart gets drunk on St Patrick's Day. I have not seen or heard a single other reference to it in my life. Except here on snopes,of course
First I heard of it, too. And that is my absolute favorite Simpsons episode.
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Old 17 March 2010, 05:49 PM
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I've known about the pinching since elementary school, i just think it's a reason to pinch people...

like birthday bumps...

next there'll be a question about why we give birthday bumps.
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Old 17 March 2010, 05:54 PM
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Sooo.....why do you give birthday bumps?
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Old 17 March 2010, 06:01 PM
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Pitty the poor soul not wearing green that walks past a monkey puzzle tree just as a VW bug drives by.
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Old 17 March 2010, 06:19 PM
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I wear orange every St Patrick's Day, and I have yet to either be pinched, or called on it. The closest I came was when an elderly gentleman, whom I knew to be Ireland-born (and a Prot), asked me if I knew what the orange meant. I replied that the point I was making is that no one else did.
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Old 17 March 2010, 07:14 PM
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Never heard of pinching people who don't wear green on March 17.

We shoot 'em in these parts.
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Old 17 March 2010, 07:29 PM
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Never heard of pinching people who don't wear green on March 17.

We shoot 'em in these parts.
That's your solution for everything!
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Old 18 March 2010, 02:31 PM
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If anyone pinches me today I will punch them in return. I hate the way people act on St. Patrick's Day.
Sheesh. I pinched two people yesterday. Well, they were barely pinches, but I don't think a punch would've been warranted. It's harmless silliness, isn't it?

Mateus, I always feel I should be wearing orange on St Patrick's Day, too, since I was raised protestant. However, since I'm an atheist, I just go for the color that looks best on me.
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Old 19 March 2010, 01:15 AM
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I saw a girl I would have liked to pinch, but my wife wouldn't let me.
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Old 19 March 2010, 02:38 AM
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I saw a girl I would have liked to pinch, but my wife wouldn't let me.
Well you could have pinched her.... But then your wife would have to give you the St. Patrick’s day slap
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Old 19 March 2010, 03:04 AM
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All throughout St. Paddy's Day snopes kept on about how he was going to pinch me. Prior to his threatening me with this for not wearing green, I hadn't heard of this custom.
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Old 19 March 2010, 03:37 AM
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I think the 'custom' is more a justification for people to indulge in low grade bullying than anything else - the same people who think it's fun to give a "pinch and a punch, first day of the month".

Personally anyone who tries it on me gets my patented serial killer death stare and the message "Touch me and die" in a dead flat hiss. (I'm quite good at that actually - I've had people take two steps backwards and fall over chairs in response )

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Old 19 March 2010, 03:59 PM
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We did pinching in elementary school and junior high. I always wore ALL green, and there was always someone who thought it was just hilarious to say, "You're not wearing green!" and pinch me.

I don't think there's any folkloric explanation for it; just elementary school silliness.
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Old 19 March 2010, 04:14 PM
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I always wore ALL green, and there was always someone who thought it was just hilarious to say, "You're not wearing green!" and pinch me.
When I was in elementary, the understood rule was that if you pinched someone who was in fact wearing green, that person then got to pinch you 10 times. So, there was a set of kids who would try to wear green as inconspicuously as possible. Of course, then there were the debates about whether green underwear counted (it didn't if it wasn't showing).
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Old 19 March 2010, 06:26 PM
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Sheesh. I pinched two people yesterday. Well, they were barely pinches, but I don't think a punch would've been warranted. It's harmless silliness, isn't it?
Well I don't know about punching, I'm not generally a violent person, but it would get you at least a glare, or if I were in a particularly bad mood/or otherwise occupied a NFBSK off.

I'm not entirely sure why it would bother me so much, I'm not especially adverse to being touched, for instance. However it always feels a bit threatening, a bit like play nip dogs use among themselves to keep their pecking orders. Perhaps some of it comes from memories of school, when that exactly what these stupid little games were, and often the pinches and punches involved wouldn't be quite so harmless (I'm not implying that I was beaten to a pulp here, but that the 'punch ' to the arm would be intended to hurt.)
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Old 19 March 2010, 07:29 PM
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If it is just daft fun, it shouldn't be so important to (g)you that you have to do it to people who dislike it. And if you don't know what their preference is, assume that folk in general do not like being pinched.
I find pinching *really* painful though; freakish perhaps, but I'd rather be thumped in the arm than pinched there.
(Moot tho' since it does not seem to happen here. Plus I likes green so I may well be wearing it on the appropriate day, but not on purpose.)
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