One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A poor but aspiring young man of the lower Anglo-Irish gentry.
- ‘So he began to go to fairs and markets, not to make anything by buying and selling, but to meet young buckeens like himself and drink with them, and gamble, and talk about hunters and hounds.’
- ‘One young buckeen said, if I'd go into the tavern and take share of a quart of mulled beer with him, he'd make that bargain with me, and that so vexed me that I turned home at once.’
- ‘By my word, the other buckeens did not give her an excuse to raise her hand to them.’
- ‘Molloy was in mighty form afterwards, like a young buckeen who'd had a turn with every pretty girl in the place and had picked the best for the bicycle ride home.’
- ‘She looked so sorrowful, and had such a nice air about her, that all her pans, and jugs, and plates, and dishes were gone before noon, and the only mark of her old pride was a slap she gave a buckeen across the face when he asked her an impudent question.’
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