Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Pat n.

[var. on Paddy n.; the two senses here, while of differing national origins, are both immigrants]

1. a generic term for an Irishman; also as a term of address or nickname.

[UK] ‘The Irish Schoolmaster’ in Banquet of Thalia 7: To booze away, Old Pat would say, / And the devil take to-morrow.
[UK] ‘The Irish Angler’ in Sporting Mag. Dec. I 149/1: A smart show’r of rain falling, Pat, in a jiffey, / Crept under the arch of a bridge.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Oct. XVII 39/1: ‘Och then,’ says Pat, [...] ‘hang away, Mr. O’Mullihane!’.
[UK]G. Colman Yngr ‘The Lady of the Wreck’ in Poetical Vagaries 60: That’s a Potato, plain— / Long may your root every Irishman know! / Pats have long stuck to it.
[Ire]‘A Real Paddy’ Real Life in Ireland 62: He made proper allowances for the whiskeyfied temper of honest Pat.
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 23 June 3/2: Well done, Pat, you shall have two murphies instead of one.
[Aus]Sydney Gaz. 15 Oct. 4/1: [T]he vulgar slang of pats and shillelaghs in song and fame which possess lrish wit.
[US]W. Dunlap Memoirs of a Water Drinker I 33: Take Pat from the influence of the bad [...] give him a fair chance in the race, he will out-strip the best and proudest of Europe.
[Ire] in Dublin Comic Songster 8: [song title] I Come From The Land Of Pats And Pittatees.
[US]W.K. Northall Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 197: So saying, the old lady put another [quarter] down upon the one she had just received from Pat. The Irishman put both into his pocket.
[US] ‘Paddy’s Chapter on Pockets’ in Donnybrook-Fair Comic Songster 26: Tit for tat, English girls, the Pats all adore you.
[US]Harry Hunter ‘I’m a Ship Without a Rudder’ [lyrics] I’m a Judge without a wig, / I’m a Pat without a pig.
[US]R.C. Hartranft Journal of Solomon Sidesplitter 17: ‘Can we have no sixpences, my jewel,’ said Pat.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Nov. 2/3: ‘Faith, now, that’s something dicentlike,’ said Pat, putting down the coin, satisfied and highly pleased.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Mar. 1/5: Ballyhooly’s Rules of Football have proved a great success in Ireland. [...] He met a countryman carrying a small basket. ‘Where are you coming from, Pat?’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Oct. 25/2: Glasgow Evening News publishes figures tending to show that the alleged Anglo-Saxon soldier has either wonderful luck or a good deal more discretion than Sandy or Pat.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 21 Nov. 16/2: Judge- Pat, I didn’t think you would hit a little man like that. Pat- Suppose he called you an irish slob?
[UK]Dagger (London) Dec. I 3/3: For some time Pat had been out of work, and he couldn’t get a job anywhere.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 140: ’Ere we are, ’ere we are, ’ere we are again, / Pat and Mac, and Tommy and Jack, and Joe!
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 236: A limey, a cockney, or a Pat.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[UK]K. Amis letter 18 June in Leader (2000) 285: I suppose it’s just hard to credit that any sane person should voluntarily opt for the Pats.
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 98: Pat and Abie and Rastus outside of Saint Peter’s gate all listening to those angels harping in stereotype.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 295: Angus knows I’m Irish – he knows the lads call me Pat – but he calls me Jock.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 280: Other generics include: [...] Pat, another Irishman.

2. (Aus.) a Chinese person.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Feb. 24/4: Then came a police raid, and the two combined convinced John, or, as he is becoming more generally known, Pat, that Chinatown was played out.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 16 May 4/1: My worldly wealth, in the great big city, was a trey-bit. With that I bought five large apples off a pat (Chinaman) .

3. (Irish und.) as Pat’s, St Patrick’s Institution, an Irish equivalent of Borstal.

[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] The Big Movie Night was one of the few things that made the teenage years we spent in Pat’s bearable.

In compounds

Patland (n.)

1. Ireland.

J. Wight More Mornings at Bow Street 5: Mr. Connelly is a native of Patland.
H. Fuller North and South 286: Tens of thousands of these benighted and bigoted sons of Patland have been led to enlist in the crusade against the South.
‘Quid’ [? R.A. Fitzgerald] Jerks in from Short-Leg 56: We should adopt the favorite method in vogue in Patland, and answer them both with a series of questions.
‘Humbug, a “Sankey”-monious tune played in a “Moody” spirit’ [tract] 1: Then, over to Patland, and shortly in Belfast.
[US]Monroe City Democrat (MO) 5 Dec. 6/5: ‘Solomon Eckhardstein, tell us why [...] you are wearing a green ribbon?’ ‘Because, ma’am, Patland Mike and Denny said they’d bust me snoot if I didn’t’.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

F. Reynolds A Playwright’s Adventures 277: [...] not only dunned by publicans, dressmakers, and others [...] but he was supplicated by numbers of her low, needy, Patland relatives.
[UK]Northern Whig 23 Feb. 3/6: Northern competitors performed with every credit to their clubs in the tenth Patland cup [motorcycle] trial, held in Dublin mountains.
Patlander (n.)

an Irish person.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Aug. 270/1: Third Battle was between Stockman and a new Patlander, of the name of Cavannah, for twenty sovereigns a side. During the first twelve rounds of the fight, the kid nobbed poor Pat with the utmost ease and indifference. Paddy, determined nopt to be denied, then got a turn.
Good-Fellow’s Calendar 207: This talented Patlander being one evening loudly called on [...] for their favourite song of ‘the Sprig of Shilelagh’.
[UK]Egan Bk of Sports 45: ‘By de powers of Moll Kelly,’ said a Patlander,‘do dat again for me, Ned.’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 10 Oct. 3/2: Patrick Hely, a strong, square-shouldered Patlander.
[US]G.W. Harris ‘A Snake-Bit Irishman’ Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) XV Jan. in Inge (1967) 58: The next evening the Patlander was seen traveling at a mighty rate through Knoxville.
[US]T. Haliburton Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 279: Your panes of glass in your winders are all shingles, as the Patlanders say.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 14 Oct. 3/2: Latterly they had as a tenant a Pat-lander, named Peter Kelly.
A.C. Coxe Impressions of England 96: He then went on with Irish volubility, and the no less characteristic accent of the Patlander, to belabor Lord John’s bill.
Bunyip Gawler, SA) 5 Sept. 4/3: [W]hen I was a juvenile Patlander, our vernacular for a blow was a ‘lick’.
[US]H.L. Williams Joaquin 9: ‘Smother him, the bastely Mixican,’ said a Patlander.
P. Gillmore Prairie Farms and Prairie Folk 184: The little hot-headed, impulsive, but generous Patlander was a great favourite.
[US]Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Apr. 8/3: Queen Victoria has lost her favorite [...] John Brown, could she do better than command [...] in his place, a genuine Patlander?
[UK]C.J.C. Hyne Adventures of Captain Kettle 191: He’s some sort of a big bug [...] inquiring into the organization of those Pat-lander rebels.
[UK]Gem 16 Mar. 3: It doesn’t need a Scotland Yard detective to tell me you’re a Patlander.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 19 Nov. 12/7: Crosbie Garstin [...] known to ‘Punch’ readers as ‘Patlander’.
[US]Berrey & Van Den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
pat wagon (n.) (also patty wagon) [negative stereotyping]

(US) a vehicle in which prisoners are conveyed to a police station (cf. paddy wagon under Paddy n.).

[US]N.Y. World in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 12 2: It would be my misfortune to get to the scene of trouble just as the ‘pat’ wagon pulled up.
[US]C.R. Shaw Jack-Roller 72: They called the police, and I was loaded into a ‘patty wagon’.

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