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

'Bocht' as an exclamation?

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.

March 2, 2015

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seastar5

We use that at home to mean bad, as in 'that's pretty bad/awful/poor show'

March 3, 2015

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

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

June 17, 2016

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

Bocht can be a noun meaning “poor person” — perhaps that was the intention of the exclamation.

March 2, 2015

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

Ah, I thought that might be it. Go raibh maith agaibh as bhur bhfreagracha. :)

March 3, 2015
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