Archive for March 17th, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2015!

March 17, 2015

Did you know . . . that the phrase luck of the Irish (commonly thought to mean “extreme good fortune”) is not of Irish origin?  This aleatory element attributed to the Irish actually originated in America.

“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth . . . Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.”  (Source: 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, by Edward T. O’Donnell.)

aleatory

\ey-lee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, al-ee-\, adjective;

1.  of or relating to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable
2.  Law.
depending on a contingent event