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  • From this misbelieving feacemaker to his noncredible fancyflame. 1 Ask for bosthoon, late for Mass, pray for blaablaablack sheep.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Some Tipperary bosthoon endangering the lives of the citizens.


  • 'Say a pather an' avy, 'says I, I was that mad f'r th' big bosthoon f'r his blatherin '.

    Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen

  • An ', if he don't do annything, he's a dummy, an', if he does do annything, he's crazy; an 'whin he dies, his foreman says:' Sure, 'tis th 'divvle's own time I had savin' that bosthoon fr'm desthroyin 'himsilf.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

  • Here he slackened his pace as we passed a small bosthoon driving a donkey, to call out facetiously, "Be good to your little brother, achree!"

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

  • People declared that "they'd never have thought he'd take and do such a thing, for though he might ha 'been a quare sort of bosthoon, he was always dacint and paiceable."

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • "And it's a quare comether she must ha 'been after puttin' on him," quoth Mrs. Quigley, "afore he took up wid herself, that's as ugly as if she was bespoke, and half a dozen year oulder than the young bosthoon, if she's a minyit."

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • "Then it's the quare woman she must be, bedad," said Matt, "unless it's yourself's the quare bosthoon on her entirely, and maybe that's liker;"

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • Troth, and yourself's the quare ould child-desertin ', mane-spirited, aisy-frighted slieveen of a young bosthoon; but what sort of a conthrivance is it you have on you at all at all be way of a head that you couldn't have the sinse to considher the roof blowin' off a body's house 'ud be raison enough for them to be quittin' out of it, and no signs of dyin 'in the matter?

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • "But indeed," she said, "if anythin 'had took you, we'd ha' been in no hurry ever to set eyes on the other unlucky bosthoon."

    Strangers at Lisconnel

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