small wonder - it is not very surprising

e'erawan (Anglo-Irish) - anyone

take the floor - to get up to address a meeting, to take part in a debate.

bucketshop - a retailer of 'cut-price' goods, aiming to undercut the market by working outside the official system.

premises - a house or building with its grounds or other appurtenances.

sumptuous - Of buildings: Made or produced at great cost; costly and (hence) magnificent in workmanship, construction, decoration, etc.

bonfire - to make bonfires

trash - anything of little or no worth or value, worthless stuff, rubbish.

trumpery - 'Something of less value than it seems', worthless stuff, trash, rubbish + trash and trumpery (Slang) - rubbish.

(notebook 1922-23): ''tis short now till' Leader 11 Nov 1922, 327/2: 'Our Ladies' Letter': 'Like that, I suppose 'tis short now till we'll have women labourers in the Government'.

Clancy, Sheriff - Long John Clancy, mentioned in Ulysses as then-sheriff of Dublin + Mac Fhlannchadha (moklonkhu) (gael) - son of Flannchadh ("ruddy-warrio").

to wind up - to end, end up

unlimited company - a company in which liability of members is not limited.

bum - to hum loudly, to boom; to drink; to beg, to act as a bum

wash - Of waves: To sweep over a surface, to break or surge against (the shore, etc.)

hooker - a two-masted Dutch coasting or fishing vessel; ship (depreciatively or fondly).

man of war - a vessel equipped for warfare; an armed ship belonging to the recognized navy of a country; a boy's garment resembling that worn by a sailor, a sailor suit.

bar - a bank of sand, silt, etc., across the mouth of a river or harbour, which obstructs navigation.

POOLBEG - Deep anchorage (Irish, "the little hole") in Dublin Bay beyond the Pigeonhouse. The Poolbeg lighthouse is at the end of the South Wall. Before the lighthouse, a Poolbeg lightship marked the anchorage.   


donnez-moi (fr) - give me

scampi (it) - prawns

bambini (it) - children, babies

Fingal - Finn's name in Macpherson's Ossian poems. Fingal is a Scottish hero who comes to Ireland and fights the Danes. The Irish called certain Norse invaders, fingal or fingall, meaning "fair stranger."  

mac (mok) (gael) - son [of]

Oscar (usker) (gael) - "Combatant"; son of Oisin son of Fionn Mac Cumhail.

Saint Onesimus - a runaway slave emancipated and converted to Christianity by Saint Paul while the latter was imprisoned in Rome (Philemon 1:10, Colossians 4:9; the name derives from Greek onesimos: useful, helpful; spelled Onesime in French).

bargearse (Slang) - a person with a round behind

Boniface - the name of the jovial innkeeper in Farquhar's Beaux' Stratagem 1707; whence taken as the generic proper name of innkeepers; 'mine host', or 'the landlord' of the inn.


min - mine

gammel (Danish) - old, ancient + gammal (Hebrew) - camel.

moniker - a name, a nick-name

Og - king of Bashan, a giant (Joshua, XII, 4) + og (Danish) - and.

cod - A slang appellation applied to persons, a codger

camel - a great awkward hulking fellow

pump - to pour forth (with pump), to raise or move water by means of a pump.

heavyweight - one above average weight

general (Colloquial) - general servant, maid-of-all-work

Waterloo + loo - love.