Cassidese Glossary – Shamrock

For some time now, some of my on-line friends have advised me to provide a version of CassidySlangScam without the invective aimed at Cassidy and his supporters. In response to that advice, I am working on providing a glossary of the terms in Cassidy’s ludicrous book How The Irish Invented Slang with a short, simple and business-like explanation of why Cassidy’s version is wrong.

This is of Irish origin, of course. It is an anglicisation of seamróg (shamrogue) which is a feminine diminutive of seamair (shammer), meaning clover. Famously, St Patrick used it to demonstrate the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish and because of that, it became a symbol of the patron saint and thus of the country itself. These facts are completely uncontroversial and acknowledged by all the dictionaries.

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