التركية النطق pätsi
, easy mark
, sitting duck
علم أصول الكلمات [ 'pat-sE ] (noun.) 1903. The term dates back at least to the 1870s in the United States, close to the peak of Irish migration.
The OED's recent revisions link Patsy with Pat and Paddy, the stereotype of the bogtrotter just off the boat.
The American Heritage Dictionary and quotes the OED it may derive from the Italian pazzo ("madman" ), and south Italian dialect paccio ("fool").
Another possibility is the term derives from Patsy Bolivar, a character in an 1880s minstrel skit who was blamed whenever anything went wrong, in Broadway musical comedies, for example in The Errand Boy and Patsy in Politics .