Ancient Word of the Day: Borbhan

Every Picture Tells a Story: Among the Irish Faeries and Norse Gods

The word Borbhan comes from Gaelic. It’s the gentle murmuring or purling sound made by a stream; also the sound of small stones falling.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Among the Irish Faeries and Norse Gods
Hiking in Ireland. Copyright Content Catnip 2008

Ancient example

”Help me to tune my doleful notes to gurgling sound Of Liffey’s tumbling streams: come, let salt tears of ours, Mix with his waters fresh.” – Edmund Spenser, 1595

Ancient Word of the Day: Borbhan
An excellent MTB adventure in Huka Falls, Taupo
A mystical stream filled with bright green microbial mats in Rotorua, New Zealand Copyright Content Catnip 2017


Travel: Cycling adventures along the Kamo river, Kyot
A river and a stream in Kyoto. Copyright 2018 Content Catnip

Kletteren is a Dutch word that’s similar in meaning. It’s perfectly onomatopoeic because it means the sound of both water and stones tinkering and clattering together at a fast pace.

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

2 thoughts on “Ancient Word of the Day: Borbhan

  1. Yeah it’s a lovely word, it is onomatopoeic….not sure if that is the right spelling for that… but yeah borban sounds like the tinkling of pebbles. I hope you and Muky are doing well Jeremy take care 😊


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