"Ghlan mo mháthair an teach ó bhun go barr."

Translation:My mother cleaned the house from bottom to top.

October 20, 2014

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coconutlulz

I remember that the name of one of my primary school Irish books was 'Bun go Barr'. I never knew what it meant until I was in my twenties.

October 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

Seems like a good name for a bar!

October 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coconutlulz

Hah, 'Bun go Beár'. It would confuse Irish people into thinking it was bear-themed.

October 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian962069

HA . . The very early ones were essentially colouring books.

October 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiceCake420

I remember bun go barr... Worst book ever to be honest

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

Is it a regular thing in Irish to say it this way? In English I'm used to "top to bottom" rather than"bottom to top. "

May 17, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Yes, but Duolingo accepts "top to bottom" as a translation.

    May 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

    Thanks, Moloughl, sometimes DL is very literal, so I didn't do it, but will next time.

    May 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GaelBeal

    Bun go barr is definitely the standard Irish phrase though

    July 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rachelkachel

    I've heard both, though "top to bottom" is more common.

    August 20, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emile110

    It is not a practical way of cleaning but mom knows best

    November 8, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoJaineAhau

    lol, very impractical, floors should be the last thing done

    November 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trodaire

    Can someone tell me what makes this bhun? I struggle with this one every time it comes up.

    March 1, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      The preposition ó causes lenition so you get ó bhun.

      March 2, 2018
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