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 Botch.Bothie System. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bother,
 
i.e. pother (Hibernian). Halliwell gives us blother, which he says means to chatter idly.   1
       
“‘Sir,’ cries the umpire, ‘cease your pother,
The creature’s neither one nor t’other.’”
       
Lloyd: The Chameleon.
   The Irish bódhar (buaidhirt, trouble), or its cognate verb, to deafen, seems to be the original word.   2
 


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