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March 17 2011 @ 01:01 pm
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

I hope you're wearing green otherwise... *pinch*! *evil laugh* I'm wearing green!

Ever wonder were the pinching came from? Read below.

Leprechauns

The mischievous mythical leprechauns form another piece of the pinching tradition. According to the legends, leprechauns delighted in causing mischief, which included tripping, kicking or otherwise harming humans. Wearing green supposedly rendered the wearer invisible to leprechauns, and thus spared the wearer their attentions.

Warning or Punishment

Pinching someone who isn't wearing green serves one of two functions. Since there are no actual leprechauns, it can be viewed as "picking up the slack" by emulating the (mild) pain a leprechaun can inflict. A more benevolent interpretation of the practice holds it as a warning: a pinch reminds the pinchee to put on something green before a leprechaun finds him and works some greater piece of mischief.
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