In Reply to: Bless Pat posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 05, 2009 at 22:31:
: : What is the origin of the phrase "Bless Pat"? - my grandmother use to say it as an expression of surprise
: An invocation of the Blessed St Patrick? Was she Irish? (VSD)
My West Virginia relatives used to say that too. They were everything but Irish. St. Pat is a pretty good guess.