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'Bocht' as an exclamation?

magickman
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So I was listening to Raidió na Gaeilge this morning and they played a humorous song by Na Shandies: 'Mo Choconut'. Throughout the song the singer kept exclaiming 'bocht!' as he lamented his various coconut related maladies.

Now I know 'bocht' means 'poor' but I've not heard it as an exclamation before. Is it very common? Is it dialectical? I assume the meaning is something along the lines of 'how awful!', would that be correct?

I was going to link the song here, but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have made its way on to youtube. Má éisteann sibh leis an gclár Nead na Fuiseoige ar an RnG Radio Player inniú, closfaidh sibh é.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/seastar5
seastar5
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We use that at home to mean bad, as in 'that's pretty bad/awful/poor show'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

It's not likely that many people will come across this comment, but there is a copy of Mo Choconut on YouTube now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
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Bocht can be a noun meaning “poor person” — perhaps that was the intention of the exclamation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magickman
magickman
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Ah, I thought that might be it. Go raibh maith agaibh as bhur bhfreagracha. :)

3 years ago