gaggle - a flock (of geese); also derisively, a company (of women)

all out - entirely, completely; using or involving all one's (or its) strength or resources, 'fully extended'; at top speed

Handsome is who handsome does (proverb)

falter - to stumble in one's speech + Quantity counts though accents falter - Allusion to classical metrics: Greek and Latin verse scans as patterns of long and short syllables (quantity), not of stressed and unstressed syllables (accent) as in English (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake).

yoke - to put a yoke on (a pair of draught-animals, etc.); to join, couple; Grammar: two subjects with same predicate, strictly belonging to only one ("doth sometimes Counsel take, and sometimes Tea).

oblique - not going straight to the point; indirectly stated or expressed + oratio obliqua (l) - indirect discourse (Grammar).

oration - speech, language; now only in Gram. as rendering L. oratio recta and obliqua, 'direct' and 'oblique oration', or use of language.

parse - to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, by stating the part of speech, inflexion, and relation to the rest of the sentence; to resolve (a sentence, etc.) into its component parts of speech and describe them grammatically + Persse O'Reilly.

Polly - dim. of Poll as female name, and name for a parrot

Leben (ger) - life + Quatsch (ger) - nonsense + lebban (Arabic) - milk + Eugene Jolas: Man from Babel 166: (of Joyce) 'One day I found him in a Zurich tea-shop laughing quietly to himself... He explained that he had asked the waitress for a glass of lemon squash. The somewhat obtuse Swiss girl looked puzzled. Then she had an inspiration: "Oh, you mean Lebensquatsch?" she stammered. (Her German neologism might be translated by "life's piffle")'

brat - a child, so called in contempt + brat (Pan-Slavonic) - brother + (notebook 1931): 'a man can choose from so many'.

alanna - My child! Used as a form of address or as a term of endearment.

appendix - supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book + apprentice + Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice + Joyce's note: 'man appendice / to penis'

flyswatter - an instrument for swatting flies + swat - to hit with a smart slap or a violent blow

languor - a feeling of lack of interest or energy + (notebook 1931): 'from langueurs & weakness of girlhood to head & back aches of W-hood'.

limber - easily bent (without damage to shape or structure); flexible, pliant

lassiehood - girlhood + FDV: She glows. She gives a sign. Thei's time to hear her's, turn her up as turn her down A ____, brat can choose from so many from tween the langour and weakness of girlhood to the headbeck and heartaches of womanage. And what is more lots heaps & heaps of other things too, yoking apart, from Sis her mystery of pain.

till = to

heartache - pain or anguish of mind, esp. that arising from disappointed hope or affection

wax - Of a quality, activity, event, etc.: To come into being, spring up; Also with up; to become gradually, grow + lit. aufgewachen (ger) - grown up.

heaps & heaps (notebook 1931) Young: Trial of Frederick Bywaters and Edith Thompson 174: (letter from Edith Thompson to Bywaters, trial exhibit 16) 'if it was a lie I dont care, I'd tell heaps and heaps and heaps to help you even tho I know you don't like them'.

lots of other things (notebook 1931) → Young: Trial of Frederick Bywaters and Edith Thompson 170: (letter from Edith Thompson to Bywaters, trial exhibit 15) 'He said lots of other things'.

note - to observe or mark carefully, to notice closely

distressed - afflicted with pain or trouble, sorely troubled, in sore straits; Applied spec. to a person living in impoverished circumstances + Irish Distressed Ladies' Fund (for cases of nonpayment of rent).

frothblower - joc., a beer-drinker: adopted as the title of a certain charitable organization

quicquid (l) - whatever + queck - to quack.

quick - to give or restore vigour to; to stir up, inspire, etc. + attack first, questions after. 

hist - a sibilant exclamation used to enjoin silence, or call on people to listen + Genesis 3:1: 'the serpent was more subtil' + hiss.

Schlange (ger) - a snake, serpent; penis + slander.

to be (dead) nuts on - to be devoted to, fond of, or delighted with (a person or thing)

mate - obs. form of meat + white meat - foods prepared from milk, dairy produce; white women considered as sexual partners or conquests.  

grit - firmness or solidity of character, indomitable spirit or pluck + Joyce's note: 'grits = teeth' + HCE (like Joyce) have lost his teeth.

lang (ger) = lang (Dutch) - long + Wange (ger) = wang (Dutch) - cheek + Wurm (ger) - worm + lang (Chinese) - wolf + wang (Chinese) - king, prince + wang (Slang) - penis + Long Worm - a Viking ship.

old gooseberry - the deuce (bad luck, plague, mischief); the devil.

liaison - an intimate relation or connexion; spec. An illicit intimacy between a man and a woman; Phonetics. The joining of a final consonant (which would in pause or before a consonant be silent) to a following word beginning with a vowel or 'mute' h.

oreille - a pillow + oreilles (fr) - ears + Persse O'Reilly.

vert - to turn in a particular direction; to turn or twist out of the normal position; green (Heraldry)

embowed - bent or curved into the form of a bow; convex, bow-like; bent (Heraldry)

proper (Heraldry) - in natural colour

penchant - a (strong or habitual) inclination; a favourable bias, liking

Middle Egyptian + (heraldry was Vico's middle language)

spitter - one who spits or ejects saliva; Also fig. + (according to Egyptian myth, Atem populated the world by spitting on fertile mud heap).

wonderland - an imaginary realm of wonder and faery + John Milton: Paradise Lost + Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

John O'Keefe: song 'Amo, amas, I love a lass' (in his 1781 play, The Agreeable Surprise) + Alice

little + Liddell, Henry George (1811-1898) - co-compiler of Greek-English Lexicon; father of Lewis Carroll's Alice.

looker + locker (Slang) - female pudenda + lokker (Dutch) - tempter, allurer.

leafery - leafage + Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass.

pain (fr) - bread (i.e. Eucharist) + (notebook 1931): 'girls mystery of pain = love' + (pain came into the world after the Fall).

frivolity - disposition to trifle, frivolous behaviour, levity + The Letter: Dear, and it goes on to...

youthly - pertaining to or characteristic of youth + Euclid's.

bike - bicycle

Mike - a Roman Catholic + father Michael.

Nike - In Greek art: a winged statue representing Nike, the goddess of victory + Mick/Nick (motif).

kickseys (Slang) - shoes + FDV: You may spin on youthlit's bike to multiplease your Nick and Mike with your kickshose on the algebrars but the O of woman is long if only those two muties sequent her so from Nabob see you never stray who'll nimm you nice and name the day.

handlebars + Joyce's note: 'to algebraise'

Publius Vergilius Maro = Vergil - greatest Latin poet, author of Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid + O'Meadhra (o'myoure) (gael) - descendant of Meadhair ("mirth") + O'Fearghail (o'faryel) (gael) - descendant of Fearghal ("super-valor").

volve - to turn over the pages of (a book) + T. Moore's "Turn Back the Virgin Page." 

Virgil or Publius Vergilius Maro (B.C. 70 - 19) - Roman poet. Also a 7th century "fantastic grammarian" (Sortes Virgilianae is telling fortunes by opening Virgil and reading the first passage hit on).

burly - heavy, strong, and muscular + Béarla (Irish) - English language

muter - Often Offensive: One who is incapable of speech; Linguistics: a) A silent letter. b) A plosive, a stop.

sequent - that which follows in order; a result, a consequence + sequentur (l) - they follow + frequent.

from nemo let you never say neminis or nemine - mnemonic from a Latin textbook: nemo ("no one") substitutes nullius hominis (Gen.) and nullo homine (Abl.) for neminis and nemine although nemini (Dat.) and neminem (Acc.) both regularly occur (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake).

verschwinden (ger) - to disappear + verschwindibus (ger) - hocus pocus.

menkind - the male sex, men-folk


stray - to escape from confinement or control, to wander away from a place, one's companions, etc.

nimm (ger) - to take

nehm- (ger) - to take + name the day - of a woman, to fix her wedding day.

concomitance - occurrence or existence together or in connection with one another

FDV: We've just been reading about Jellyous Seizer & his duo of Drewindresses and the tryonforit of Oxthievious, Lapidist & Malthouse Antony. Eire, Eire, clane cuntrary, where how does your girdle grow? Eat early earthapples. Leap the law. Wide hiss, we're wizening. Hoots fromm, we're globing. But it's tails for toughs and titties for totties and come buckets come bats till deeliet deeleet.

aread - to divine the meaning of (obscure words), interpret (a dream), solve (a riddle or enigma) (arch.) + SDV: One hath just been areading, hath not one, of Sire Jellyous Seizer with his duo of druidesses and the tryonforit of Oxthievious, Lapidis and Malthouse Anthony, but so bright as Mutua of your mirror holds her candle to your caudle reek you a spirit of anyseed whether trigemellmen cuddle his coddle or nope. As they warred in their big innings ease now we never shall know. Eat early earthapples. Coax Cobra to chatters. Hail, Heva, we hear. Wide hiss, we're wizening. Hoots fromm, we're globing. Why hidest thou hinter thy husband his name? Aida, Aida, aflattered, afraida, how does thy girdle grow. Willed without witting world without aimed. But it's tails for toughs and titties for totties and come buckets, come bats till deeleet.

ya = yah - an exclamation of disgust, aversion, or malicious defiance. Also used loosely as a vague or meaningless exclamation + ja (ger) - yes.

memoire - obs. form of memory + moira (gr) - fate

hireling - a hired servant; a mercenary (soldier) [now usually somewhat contemptuous] + Ireland's.

Punic Wars - the three wars between the Romans and Carthaginians waged between 264 and 146 b.c.

Ulster - the name of the most northerly of the four provinces of Ireland

ga (Dutch) - go (imperative)

The (Anglo-Irish) - chief of (given) clan

William O'Brien, Irish patriot (1852 - 1928) + Five Bloods of Ireland - the O'Neils of Ulster; the O'Connors of Connaught; the O'Briens of Thomond; the O'Lochlans of Meath; the M'murroughs of Leinster.