Marilyn asked:

Does it bother anyone else that Patrick is called "Patty", instead of "Paddy'? I always thought that "Patty" was short for "Patricia", and "Paddy" was short for "Patrick".

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Lorraine Patty is not the American version of the name Patrick. Normally, the nickname in the U.S. would be Pat (Pat could be male or female.) In the version I read, he was sometimes called Paddy, and I always had to stop and think who "Paddy" was.
Patty/Patti would be a female nickname for Patricia. Glad I didn't read the version where he is Patty - it was confusing enough remembering that Kelley was a man.
Brenda It is Paddy in the paperback version I just read.
Carol Runke I always had to stop and think who "Patty" was.
Carole A few years ago I was introduced to my chiropractor's sons. I assumed I heard Paddy for the younger one, but when I called him Paddy, the 6 yr old quickly corrected me. "My name is PATTY which is the correct nickname for Patrick!" I never forgot that lol.
Cynthia Yes this confused me. I kept thinking there was a new character I had missed.
Nelda Sparkman Yes, it bothered me. I don't like nicknames in books--it's confusing.
Pat I think Patty is the nick name for the American version, Patrick. The Irish version is Padraig, nick named Paddy. Since my given name is Patricia, I was called Patty as a kid. Now, it is just Pat. Since Patrick in the book is an adult, he probably is only called that by family. As was I.
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