Can Anyone Help with a Rhyme that Sounds Like “Bunka Bunka Roona”? It’s Most Likely Norwegian.

Rachel wrote asking about a childhood rhyme…


My Norwegian Grandfather – passed away 30 years ago – used to put me on his knee and do something like:

Bunka Bunka Roona,
Smacka Smacka Doona,
Kahoong and Kahoong
& Set the Butchin up!
How Many?

At the end, he’d put so many of his fingers on my back and I had to guess how many there were. Is this the correct version or is it even Norwegian?

Rachel Badgett

If anyone can help with the original version of this rhyme and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below.



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