Chink - a Chinaman (yellow)

minx - a pert girl, hussy (now often merely playful)

jupe - a woman's skirt; a woman's jacket, kirtle, or bodice + jade - a light green color varying from bluish green to yellowish green; a term of reprobation applied to a woman. Also used playfully, like hussy or minx.

blouse - a loosely-fitting bodice worn by women and girls, usually tucked inside the skirt at  the waist + Bluse (ger) - blouse + blue.

index - to furnish (the parts of a diagram) with different symbols to facilitate identification in the accompanying description + indigo.


ludo - a game, played with dice and counters on a special board + ludo (l) - I play + (strip poker).

fetching - alluring, fascinating, pleasing

clingaround corset (Joyce's note)

fjell (Norwegian) = fjäll (Swedish) - mountain + en elv, et fjeld (Danish) - 'a stream, a mountain'.

wist - attentive, intent

whirr - a continuous vibratory sound, such as that made by the rapid fluttering of a bird's or insect's wings, by a wheel turning swiftly, or by a body rushing through the air.

whin = whinstone - a name for various very hard dark-coloured rocks or stones, as greenstone, basalt, chert, or quartzose sandstone

hum - to make a low continuous murmuring sound or note, as a bee or other insect

howe - an exclamation to attract attention, etc.; tumulus, barrow, burial mound; how

tide - any definite time in the course of the day; a suitable, favourable, or proper time or occasion + time (Teems of times and happy returns, the seim anew, ordovico or viricordo motif)

haply - 'by hap'; by chance or accident; perhaps, perchance

trumpeted - sounded on a trumpet; fig. celebrated as with a trumpet, greatly extolled or boasted of; furnished with a trumpet (or something likened to one).

prawn - a small long-tailed decapod marine crustacean (Palæmon serratus), larger than a shrimp; a figure of a prawn as an ornament

ensign - to mark with a distinctive sign or badge

seakale - a cruciferous plant, Crambe maritima, found wild on the shores of western Europe, and often cultivated for its young shoots + Siegel (ger) - seal.

befind - to find, discover; In pass., 'To be found' = to be

mate - to marry, to join in marriage; to join suitably with + (incest).

con - to get to know; to study or learn, esp. by repetition

cone - a solid figure or body, of which the base is a circle, and the summit a point, and every point in the intervening surface is in a straight line between the vertex and the circumference of the base + Pyramids of Giza - the oldest of the wonders and the only one of the seven substantially in existence today. 

meditate - to muse over or reflect upon; to consider, study, ponder. Now rare.

mure - to block up, or build up (a door, gate, etc.), by means of bricks and mortar, stones, etc. + mur (fr) - wall + Pharos of Alexandria - the most famous lighthouse of the ancient world, built for Ptolemy II of Egypt about 280 BC on the island of Pharos off Alexandria.

pensilis (l) - hanging down, pendent + Hanging Gardens of Babylon - a series of landscaped terraces ascribed to either Queen Sammu-ramat or King Nebuchadrezzar II.

ogle - to eye with amorous, admiring, or insinuating glances 

Statue of Zeus at Olympia - a large, ornate figure of the god on his throne, made about 430 BC by Phidias of Athens

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - a structure famous for its imposing size and for the works of art that adorned it + Arthemis - in Greek religion, the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation, and of chastity and childbirth; she was identified by the Romans with Diana.

cachinnate - to laugh loudly or immoderately + (defecate).

Colossus of Rhodes - a huge bronze statue built at the harbour of Rhodes in commemoration of the raising of the siege of Rhodes (305-304 BC) + cul (fr) - arse.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - monumental tomb of the Anatolian king Mausolus built by his widow Artemisia

Euclid: Elements: 'A line is length without breadth'

Sweeney - the name of Sweeney Todd, a barber who murdered his customers and converted them into pork pies, the central character of a play by George Dibdin Pitt (1799-1855), and of later plays. The main piece of English Grand Guignol is Sweeney Tod, the Demon Barber

daimon - a direct transliteration of Gr. daamwn divinity, one's genius or demon + daimon (gr) - deity, spirit, demon.

barbar - barbarian (a rude, wild, uncivilized person)

chump - a short thick lump of wood chopped or sawn off from timber; a man as unintelligent as a chump of wood; a block, blockhead + SDV: to befinding ourselves, when old is sad and one, afore a mosoleum, Length without Breath, of Him, a chip off the evums who is more mob than Man.

aevum (l) - never-ending time, eternity + heavens + Joyce's note: 'Eve f - by ape'.

upshoot = upshot (obs.) - the result, issue, or conclusion (of some course of action, etc.)

stupor - a state of mental stupefaction; apathy or torpor of mind (now only, torpor or prostration of mind due to sorrow, painful surprise, or the like)

sopor - a deep, lethargic, or unnatural sleep or state of sleep

Cave of Kids - allusion to childhood of Zeus (the infant Zeus was hidden in a cave on Mount Ida in Crete, and suckled by the she-goat Amaltheia)

Glastonbury - town ("parish"), Mendip district, county of Somerset, England. The Benedictine Abbey of St. Mary at Glastonbury was perhaps the oldest and certainly one of the richest in England. In 1191 the supposed grave of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, the legendary rulers of post-Roman Britain, was discovered in the cemetery at Glastonbury; and the bones found there were reinterred in the abbey church + glatt (ger) - smooth, polished + Burg (ger) - castle.

denary - relating to the number ten; decimal; the number ten; a group of ten, a decad + Denary, danary (nursery rhyme).

tumuluous - forming a tumulus; tumular

chthonic - dwelling in or beneath the surface of the earth

ungodly - colloq. Outrageous, dreadful. Of persons: Not fearing or reverencing God;  irreligious, impious, wicked + Joyce's note: 'gave a most ungodly show' Ungodly old Ardrey Cronwall beeswaxing the convulsion box. (late 1934-March 1935).

Ardri - a head king + árd-rí (Irish) - high king

Cornwall + Cromwell (sealing up Catholic confession boxes).

beeswax - to rub or polish with bees-wax

confession box = confessional-box

mufti - a jurist who interprets Muslim religious law; plain clothes worn by any one who has a right to wear a uniform; esp. in phr. in mufti + Joyce's note: 'mufti / toga' Narcissus, 68-9: 'The same sterilising standard affected Roman costume: it developed, as it was bound to do, as military and official dress. The Greek could only advise "Take off your clothes and be nice and natural." The Roman had no objection to watching a Greek exhibit himself, but he remained wrapped in his toga. The Greek, as Juvenal remarked, could turn himself into anything, changing even his sex, but the Roman felt he was a more stable type and was proud of his inadaptability. The toga does evolve a little: it becomes |‘contabulated,’ it is true, but too soon it was the garment for official receptions—indeed many provincials only wore it at funerals. When something more active was required, you could always get into military dress. Augustus adopted that as his ordinary costume. A military court always feels that it is rather bad taste to be seen about in mufti.'

Kellywick - a castle of Arthur in Cornwall

House of Commons - the body of people, not ennobled, and represented by the Lower House of Parliament + House of Commons (Slang) - privy.

cake walk - a walking competition among negroes, in which the couple who put on most style ''take the cake''; a form of entertainment consisting of a promenade moved by machinery on which people walk to the accompaniment of music + Joyce's note: 'Longfellow’s Club' Longfellow’s Lodgings, House of Comments III Cake Walk (late 1934-March 1935).


terra firma - the land as distinguished from the sea; dry or firm land; the earth + Joyce's note: 'Terra Firma Cotta' Co Mahogany, Izulond. Izalond, Terra Firma (late 1934-March 1935) →→ Connacht Tribune 16 May 1925-7/5: 'It would only be common justice to protect the townsmen of Ireland who permanently developed their little bits of the Terra Firma of their country as well as the ranchers who only temporarily developed theirs, at least to extend their leases in perpetuity or, better still, a right to purchase at a generous price, particularly when no State assistance is sought'

anticipate - to look forward to, look for (an uncertain event) as certain + antecipiens (l) - receiving beforehand.

recognizance - Law. A bond or obligation, entered into and recorded before a court or magistrate, by which a person engages himself to perform some act or observe some condition (as to appear when called on, to pay a debt, or to keep the peace).

Dominic = Dominican - of or pertaining to St. Dominic or to the order of friars (and nuns) founded by him.

directus (l) - straight + dominium directum (l) - direct ownership (for Vico, an attribute of new barbarism corresponding to Roman quiritary ownership).

manifest - clearly revealed to the eye, mind, or judgement; obvious

munificent - Of persons: Splendidly generous in gifts, bountiful

mob - the common mass of people + Yeats: Dramatis Personae XIV: (of George Moore) 'I told him that he was more mob than man'.

Ainsoph (or En Soph) - in Kabbahist doctrine, the god who is boundless, beyond thought or being. To make himself comprehensible, he created the universe by means of the ten Sephiroth or intelligences.

(God in wine in Mass) + Joyce's note: 'S.P. ($E group / name'.

besigh - to sigh over + beside

heroine - the principal female character in a poem, story, or play + one beside zero - ten (Cabbalist symbol for God).

horoscope - Astrol. An observation of the sky and the configuration of the planets at a certain moment, as at the instant of a person's birth.

mercurious - Of persons: Born under the planet Mercury; having the qualities supposed to proceed from such a nativity, as eloquence, ingenuity, aptitude for commerce + mehr (ger) - more + kurios (ger) - strange, odd + kurios (gr) - lord.

Salz (ger) - salt + mercury (TRISTAN), salt (SHAUN), sulphur (SHEM) Blavatsky: Isis Unveiled I.309: (of alchemists) 'man, in their eyes, is a trinity, which they divide into Sol, water of mercury, and sulphur, which is the secret fire, or, to speak plain, into body, soul, and spirit'.

Psalms 91:5-6: 'Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night... not for the destruction that wasteth at noonday'.

cryptogram - anything written in cipher, or in such a form or order that a key is required in order to know how to understand and put together the letters

parable - any saying or narration in which something is expressed in terms of something else; an allegory, an apologue

heaventalk - allusion to Homer (topographical names in Iliad and Odyssey are frequently dual, e.g. the stream Xanthos "so called by gods, by men Scamander.") (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake) + Joyce's note: 'Trist speaks broken Anglo-Ir'.

soto voce - privately, very softly + ottovoce (it) - in a soft voice (literally 'under voice') + poce (Italian Dialect) - breast.

decan - a chief or ruler of ten; dean; Astrol. The chief or ruler of ten parts, or ten degrees, of a zodiacal sign + the dickens! - an interjectional exclamation expressing astonishment, impatience, irritation, etc.; usually with interrogative words, as what, where, how, why, etc. + deka (gr) - ten + decans - thirty-six divisions of zodiac in Chaldean astrology.