Actually it’s some bullshit fairy story about how if you’re not wearing green on St Patrick’s day Irish at heart skeleton shirt then you’re visible to leprechauns, and they’ll pinch you, so you pinch people to remind them to wear green. I have never, ever heard a real Irish person say this. I found it on the internet. I note in passing that the real fairies of Irish mythology, were said to be responsible for switching real children for changelings, fairy children who behaved differently from human children. Lurking behind this myth may be regressive autism, in which children seem to develop normally but then their speech and social skills deteriorate.
So the myth of the fairies is probably responsible for a lot of child abuse, back in the St Patrick’s day Irish at heart skeleton shirt. And is certainly at the root of one actual murder. We were each given one line of WB Yeats September 1913 to interpret as subversive political Art. Under the leadership of Irelands first Guerrilla Artist we empowered ourselves in the face of massive government corruption and smacked them in the face. We demonstrated that although the pen is mightier than the sword that a picture speaks a thousand words.