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That time of year

An Irish artist has issued a timely reminder on the difference between shamrocks and four-leaf clovers

“Three leaves good, four leaves bad.”

IT WAS ONLY last year that the Guinness ads in Canada for Paddy’s Day weren’t *quite* right:

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And last week, Donald Trump’s special Patrick’s Day hats had to be pulled for the exact same reason:

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Yes, we’re talking about the four-leaf clover and the shamrock – and the fact that they’re mixed up on a worryingly regular basis at this time of year.

As always in such sensitive situations, we can turn to the stellar work of Irish illustrator TwistedDoodles for a clear and concise way of telling them apart. And yesterday, she shared this handy explainer to Facebook:

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With a simple caption accompanying it:

Three leaves good, four leaves bad.

Given there are no shortage of Irish people in March every year trying to right the wrongs committed in the name of the shamrock, it’s no surprise Harpy Pardy Derp has caught on

You can add it to the annual list of Paddy’s Day pronunciation and accuracy woes

But at least the hats are gone

Small victories.

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