In an article I just published, I used the word "Paddy" as, what I thought, was a totally inoffensive way to describe an Irishman. I was using it casually, and meant nothing offensive by it. In the context of the article (which is about an Irish punk band), you could tell that I meant no offense towards anyone. (Kind of like using the word Canuck to describe someone Canadian). However, I recently ran it through UrbanDictionary, and found out that it has a bit of a storied history, and can be construed rather badly. So the question - do you know the word "Paddy" to be racist? (Honest advice is appreciated).