One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘‘Bore da, Sian!’ said grandpa.’
- ‘I remember a friend of mine (now sadly deceased) answering the office phone in Welsh to a rather pompous English lady with a courteous ‘bore da’.’
- ‘I cant see how saying ‘bore da’ will do people in a call centre any harm.’
- ‘The proceedings were entirely in Welsh, with simultaneous translation to aid people like me who can hardly say ‘good morning’ in the language (bore da).’
- ‘Even if all you do is say ‘Bore Da’ to a fellow learner in the morning, start with that.’
Welsh, from bore ‘morning’ + da ‘good’.
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