a must book. He tells (Joyce's note)

prophet - to prophesy + Second motto of Rotary International: 'He Profits Most Who Serves Best'.

bilk - to cheat, defraud + Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner VII.101: 'He prayeth best, who loveth best'.

come si compita (it) - how do you spell? 

compita (l) - crossroads

cuncti (l) - all in a body, all together + cuntatio (l) - hesitancy.

titillatio (l) - a tickling

celebrated + saluber (l) - health-giving, advantageous, beneficial.

seignior - in early use, synonymous with 'lord'; a person high in rank or authority, a ruler, a feudal superior; Used to represent It. signor or F. seigneur in designations of Italians or Frenchmen + signature

giaour - term of reproach applied by Turks to non-Mussulmans + Lord Byron: The Giaour.

dispelled + The Letter: teastain + misspelled hesitancy.

hesitancy - indecision, vacillation 

forge - Of a vessel: To make way, 'shoot ahead', esp. by mere momentum, or the pressure of tide. Often with ahead; also with along, off, on.

Sunny Jim - the name of an energetic character employed as the proprietary name for a brand of breakfast cereal; also used allusively, as a term of address, and as a nickname; Joyce was called "Sunny Jim" as a child. 

Einstein, Albert - 20th century physicist (his General Theory of Relativity showed space to be non-Euclidian) [304.05]

dullard - a dull or stupid person + FDV: Bleeding God, It is the least of things, my dear Dartry dullard.

He will give / hours (Joyce's note)


gift of the gab (phrase) - talent for speaking

céad míle fáilte (Irish) - a hundred thousand welcomes + FDV: You are, in spirit, 100,000 times welcome.

Wort (ger) - word + sampler - one whose business it is to sample goods; also, one employed in any other form of sampling + sample - to judge of the quality of (a thing) by a sample or specimen. 

culpable - deserving blame or censure, blameworthy + capable.

woolfell = woolskin - a sheepskin with the fleece on it

merger - Law: Extinguishment of a right, estate, contract, action, etc., by absorption in another; an act of merging; the fact of being merged + woeful mother + Joyce's note: 'merger' Old Kane wortsampler, hellbeit you’re just as culpable as my woolfell merger. (March 1935).

twofold - consisting of two combined; composed of two parts or elements; existing in two relations or manners

conjunctive - having the property or effect of conjoining; serving to conjoin or unite; connective

appetite - bent of the mind toward the attainment of an object or purpose; desire, inclination, disposition

oppositional - pertaining to, or having the character of, opposition or hostile action

orexis - a desire or longing + orexis (l) - appetite + opposite sexes.

in effect - Formerly, in fact, in reality, opposed to in show, in words. In mod. use, virtually, substantially, so far as the result is concerned.

energumen - one that is wrought upon or possessed by a devil; a demoniac + argument

bally - a euphemism for bloody, used as a vague intensive of general application + Jubal and Tubal Cain - Jubal was "father of all such as handle the harp and organ"; Tubal was "instructor of every artificer in brass and iron" (Genesis, 4.) Their brother Jabal was father of those who live in tents and have cattle.  

Prussian blue - a deep blue pigment of great body and covering power

shelling - the firing of shells, bombardment with shells + shillings


Giordano Bruno of Nola: Spaccio de la Bestia Trionfante (The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast, 1584)

bloater - a 'bloat' or bloated herring

kipper - a kippered fish (salmon, herring, etc.); now esp. a herring so cured + am I my brother’s keeper - the affairs of other people are not my resposibility (from the Bible, said by Cain after he killed his brother Abel: 'And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?').

Jameson - the proprietary name of a brand of Irish whiskey. Also, a drink of this whiskey.

Old Keane - actor who collapsed (to die) whilst playing Othello to his son's Iago, after the words 'Othello's occupation's gone' + Kevin + Cain. 

hook, line and sinker - completely, in every way, without reservations



jubilee - a season or occasion of joyful celebration or general rejoicing + Keen's Mustard advertised in 1892 as 'Keen's 3rd Jubilee, Established A.D. 1742' + Jubal Cain - brother of Tubal; father of cattle-owners.

lubber - a big, clumsy, stupid fellow; esp. one who lives in idleness; A sailor's term for: A clumsy seaman; an unseamanlike fellow + lieber (ger) - dear + Bitte sehr, mein Lieber (ger) - You're welcome, dear.

quin - one of five children born at one birth; such a child in later life + John Quinn (d.1924) - Irish-American collector of pictures and manuscripts (including Ulysses). He defended Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap when they were prosecuted for publishing "Nausicaa" + Quin - Dublin actor + Genesis 4:9: 'and the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? and he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?'  

phthisis - a progressive wasting disease; spec. pulmonary consumption + emphasis + polar antithesis + FDV: Where is that Quin but who sknows it not that you that are my parlour endthishis were born with a silver arm up your sleeve.

be born under a lucky star, with a silver spoon in one's mouth - proverbial phrases denoting a fortunate destiny, or inherited wealth + (notebook 1923): 'Trist has born with a silver arm up his sleeve'.

to Trishagion (gr) - the Thrice-holy (Trinity)

shanty - a small, mean, roughly constructed dwelling; a cabin, a hut + (parody of Eliot's Waste Land 433: 'Shantih shantih shantih') + Sandhyas! Sandhyas! Sandhyas! [593.01]

scanty - deficient in extent, compass, or size

slant - inclined from the perpendicular or horizontal

bide - to remain in expectation, to wait; to remain or continue in some state or action

hush - silence (where noise has been or might be); stillness, quiet + Bi i do thost! Bi i do thost, tu! (bi i du hust bi i do hust tu) (gael) - Be silent! Be silent, you!


plant - to insert, set, or place firmly, to fix in or on the ground or any other body or surface

penstock - a penholder; a sluice or flood-gate for restraining or regulating the flow from a head of water formed by a 'pen', as in a water-mill

postern - a back door; a private door; any door or gate distinct from the main entrance; a side way

chinar - the Oriental plane-tree + chamberpot.

ave (l) - hail! welcome!

vale (l) - farewell, goodbye, adieu

evocation - the action of evoking or calling forth into existence or activity + AVOCA (OVOCA) - River and valley, County Wicklow; formed by confluence of Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers at the "Meeting of the Waters", celebrated as T. Moore's "Sweet Vale of Avoca" + Genesis 9:15: 'And I will remember my covenant... and the waters shall no more become a flood'. 

kilty - one who wears a kilt; esp. a nickname for a Highland soldier + guilty


Jespersen: Language, its Nature, Development and Origin 156n (VIII.8): 'Manchu... haha 'man', hehe 'woman'' + (*IJ* and *VYC*).

salvy - unctuous + salve (l) - good health!

STEYNE (LONG STONE) - A pillar erected by the 1st Norse invaders not far from their landing place on the South bank of the Liffey + auld lang syne - old long-since, old long-ago + Auld Lang Syne (song). 

champ - to crush and chew by vigorous and noisy action of the jaws, to munch + je vous défends de chanter (fr) - I forbid you to sing + (notebook 1923): 'I defend you to speak' → je vous défends de chanter (French) - I forbid you to sing

scullion - a domestic servant of the lowest rank in a household who performed the menial offices of the kitchen + cullions (Archaic) - rascals; testicles + (notebook 1923): 'SD scullion to scholars (Adamnan)' → Flood: Ireland, Its Saints and Scholars 88: 'poorer students lived in the houses of people in the vicinity of the school, and were maintained and educated without any charge. Others lived in the houses with their wealthier classfellows, and waited upon them... schooldays of Adamnan'.

praise - the expression in speech of estimation or honour + FDV: I defend you to scant my scullion's praises.

lobe - one of the divisions of the brain + Lob (ger) - praise + FDV: To book solely belongs the merit preise.

four master's + Annals of the Four Masters.

meed - a reward, guerdon, or prize awarded for excellence or achievement; one's merited portion of (praise, honour, etc.).

giglamps - spectacles + one of the four senses: sight, touch, smell, taste. 

soapy - ingratiating, suave, unctuous

geyser - an intermittent hot spring, throwing up water, etc. in a fountain-like column + (wash behind ears).

gory - covered with gore, stained with blood, bloody; blood-red (rare.) 

gusty - given to or marked by sudden bursts of feeling or fitful action

pilgrimage - a journey (usually of considerable duration) made to some sacred place, as an act of religious devotion + scrummage - a noisy contention or tussle; also, a confused struggle between persons, often with exchange of blows.