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Old 03-15-2007, 07:43 PM
Guinastasia Guinastasia is offline
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What is the origin of "Kiss Me I'm Irish"?

I've also seen "Kiss Me I'm Polish" and other nationalities. With St. Paddy's Day this weekend, I was wondering about this phrase, seen on colorful green and orange buttons. What's the story behind it-where did it start?

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Old 03-15-2007, 07:46 PM
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:10 PM
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:54 PM
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The earliest I can find is a newspaper story from 1963, button sellers with "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons in NYC.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:12 PM
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I've also seen "Kiss Me I'm Polish" and other nationalities. With St. Paddy's Day this weekend, I was wondering about this phrase, seen on colorful green and orange buttons. What's the story behind it-where did it start?

And what about the buttons and bumper stickers I've seen that say "Kiss me I'm Polish," "Kiss Me I'm Italian," "Kiss me I'm Horny," etc?

A favorite song lyric, in the current holiday's mood:
"Kiss me I'm Irish,
I am the Wild Rover.
My eyes they are smiling;
And I'm seldom sober."

Out of context, not particularly accurate, but fun. The song's from Gaelic Storm - check them out if you like, they're pretty good IMHO.
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:01 AM
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And what about the buttons and bumper stickers I've seen that say "Kiss me I'm Polish," "Kiss Me I'm Italian," "Kiss me I'm Horny," etc?

A favorite song lyric, in the current holiday's mood:
"Kiss me I'm Irish,
I am the Wild Rover.
My eyes they are smiling;
And I'm seldom sober."

Out of context, not particularly accurate, but fun. The song's from Gaelic Storm - check them out if you like, they're pretty good IMHO.
Damn you for beating me to it. My favorite band.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:13 AM
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And what about the buttons and bumper stickers I've seen that say "Kiss me I'm Polish," "Kiss Me I'm Italian," "Kiss me I'm Horny," etc?
I have yet to see one that says, "Kiss Me I'm Black". Racists.
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:38 AM
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In the 70's buttons were popular. What's wrong a few buttons on a 70's hip outfit? The 70's was filled with people speaking out and support your cause, and people did. Buttons came out with peace symbols, smilely faces, Snoopy dancing, Kiss me I speak (language), and lots of Kiss me I'm (ethnic). Everybody wanted to be kissed by somebody, or even a bit more. Kiss me I'm Irish has worked for many drunks in a pub I'm sure. I have about 20 buttons in a bag.

Lady at bar: Excuse me what are all those notches on your button for?
You: Kiss me and I'll tell you.
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:40 AM
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My WAG is that it's a play on the tradition of the Blarney Stone - you kiss it for luck.

Since most of us can't go out to kiss the Blarney Stone, the next best thing is to kiss a local Irishperson for luck. I suppose any one will do

The others (which I have never seen) just seem like a play off of "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" as a way to make some more money selling baubles.
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