Origin of Paddy Wack
kcoley
In the children's rhymn,

Nick Nack Paddy Wack

What does a Paddy Wack refer to. I know what a Nick Nack is.

-Ken

Frank Pierce
It's a "noise word" and I guess, means whatever you want it to mean. Guy Mitchell used it in a popular song in the 1950's, My Truly, Truly Fair, in which the words said, in part...

"... her shoes paddy-wack from the front to the back/ and her yellow curls go swingin'"

It's like asking what the words to the old Scots refrain... "with a whack, fiddly-dido, an' a whack fiddly day" means. Absolutely nothing.

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