luck of the Irish

Is it really a myth?

We have all heard the phrase “luck of the Irish” at some point in our lives, but think about when and where you heard it? Were you really lucky in that particular instance? If you were, then it probably wasn’t “luck of the Irish” at all. According to the Urban Dictionary, “luck of the Irish” isn’t luck. It’s more of an attitude, a positive look at a bad situation. Take for example an unfortunate event that takes on a positive spin, sort of like stepping in dog poop, but being lucky you were in shoes and not barefoot.

When did this saying become a truism? Well that’s up for a bit of debate. It’s thought that this “luck” got its start in the 1800s with the Irish-Americans mining for gold and silver. Their good fortune with mining was not appreciated as a job well done, but more as a backhanded compliment that implied only by sheer luck could those fools be successful.

In addition to “luck of the Irish,” most of us would agree that the Irish have given us a lot of fun traditions. Since it’s March, St. Patrick’s Day comes to mind. This Irish holiday is celebrated each March 17 with parades, parties, and lots of green. The four-leaf clover as a good luck charm is something everyone is familiar with.

The Irish also brought us that fancy clog dancing and a love for boiled dishes like corned beef and cabbage. Drinking whiskey and Guinness are also contributions from the Irish. The Irish also have a few sayings that resonate with many of us. Here are a few you could try out this St. Patrick’s Day.

“If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry.”

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.”

“It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.”

But I think my favorite applies to friendship:

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”