sloppery - sloppy matter + slippery

side + (pours beer down slippery side of tilted glasses).

slainte (slant'i) (gael) - health (toast)

tilted - abruptly inclined or sloped from the erect or the horizontal position

landsman - one's fellow-countryman; one who lives or has his business on land: opposed to seaman + George Alexander Stevens: 'Cease, rude Boreas, blust'ring railer! List, ye landsmen, all to me'.

Allamin (faithful) [Joyce's note] → Holland: The Story of Mohammed 37: (of Mohammed) 'whose honest and upright character was so well known that his fellow-citizens had surnamed him Al-Amin, or the Faithful' + Alleman (Dutch) - Everyman + Isle of Man + amen.

ambit - fig. Extent, compass, sphere (of actions, words, thoughts, etc.)

heave - Nautic. A vessel's transient, vertical, up-and-down motion.

sink - to consume (an alcoholic drink), to drink down (esp. rapidly)

sailer - one who is professionally occupied with navigation; a seaman, mariner, sailor (obs.)

alongside of - parallel to or close by the side of, side by side with; also fig.

drainer - one who drains; esp. one whose business is to construct field-drains + 'Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor' (nursery rhyme).

Bass - Bass's ale or beer, the 'India Pale Ale' or 'Bitter Beer' manufactured by Messrs. Bass & Co. of Burton-on-Trent.

togethers = together + Gott (ger) - god + FSTD: Which in the ambit of its orbit heaved a sink her sailer alongside of a drink her drainer from the basses brothers. Those two they got theres. 

lealand - fallow land, land 'laid down' to grass; 'Leylands', arable land under a grass crop. The word is a very common name for pasture fields. It will never be found in connection with meadow land proper, but it will usually denote land once arable but now 'laid' down + Charles Godfrey Leland discovered the Shelta language (and wrote a poem about The Flying Dutchman) + lee side - Nautic. The side of a ship sheltered from the wind (cf. weather side).

luff - to bring the head of (a vessel) nearer to the wind. The forward edge of a sail. + luffing - Nautic. When a sailing vessel is steered far enough to windward that the sail is no longer completely filled with wind (the luff of a fore-and-aft sail begins to flap first). The flapping of the sail(s) which results from having no wind in the sail at all.

ore = or (obs.) + öre (Norwegian) - ear; the coin.

thor - dial. variant of their, and thir, these + there + There is a Tavern in the Town (song).

tailor + töyle (Norwegian) - rein, to rein.

or + Ohr (ger) - ear.

not + FSTD: It was long after once there was a leeland in the luffing and it was less after lives thor a toyler in the tawn at all and it was note before he drew out the moddle of Kersse by jerkin his dressing but it was not before athwartships he buttonhaled the Norweeger's capstan.

Persse + curse + (draws model of suit for Kersse: "Stop thief...")

jerkin - a garment for the upper part of the body, worn by men in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; a close-fitting jacket, jersey, or short coat, often made of leather + jerk - to give a sudden thrust, push, pull, or twist to; to throw or toss with a quick sharp motion, esp. with a sudden twitching or snatching action. 

athwartships - from side to side of the ship

buttonhole - to accost and detain (a person) in conversation by or as if by grasping the person's outer garments: "In the course of the evening, Mrs Kearney learned that the Friday move heaven and earth to secure a bumper house on Saturday night. When she heard this, she sought out Mr Holohan. She buttonholed him as he was limping out quickly with a glass of lemonade for a young lady and asked him was it true. Yes, it was true" (A Mother, Dubliners)

Norweger (ger) - a Norwegian + According to Ellmann, the story derives from a story told to Joyce by his father, "of a hunchbacked Norwegian captain who ordered a suit from a Dublin tailor, J.H. Kerse of 34 Upper Sackville Street. The finished suit did not fit him, and the captain berated the tailor for being unable to sew, whereupon the irate tailor denounced him from being impossible to fit." In Joyce's novel, the Norwegian captain is named Pukkelsen, and the tailor is called Kersse. Another figure, McCann (the ship's husband), acts as mediator between the sailor and the tailor [Ulysses.4.215: 'His back like that Norwegian captain's'] + REFERENCE 

capstan - Nautic. A large winch with a vertical axis. A full-sized human-powered capstan is a waist-high cylindrical machine, operated by a number of hands who each insert a horizontal capstan bar in holes in the capstan and walk in a circle. Used to wind in anchors or other heavy objects; and sometimes to administer flogging over. + captain.

lobster claw - a malformation of hand in which the division between the fingers extends into the metacarpus, often with just two large digits, one on either side of the cleft

wicker - a pliant twig or small rod, usually of willow, esp. as used for making baskets and various other objects + a word in your ear - a brief message for you in confidence + Earwig, an odd bug that is so named because, as one entomologist notes, "it creeps into the ears of incautious sleepers in the open air, and so worms its way to the brain, where… it grows to a gigantic size" + REFERENCE

comer - one who comes; a visitor, an 'arrival'

anow (Cornish) - the mouth + ANNU - (1) Ancient Egyptian city, aka Heliopolis. (2) In Egyptian mythology, the abode of the gods; it had no geographical location + Ani - Egyptian scribe, subject of the Papyrus of Ani (Budge: The Book of the Dead). 

mislay - to lay (a thing) by accident in a place where it cannot readily be found

Lewis Carroll: The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford: 'The word "Belfry" is derived from the French bel, "beautiful, becoming, meet," and from the German frei, "free, unfettered, secure, safe." Thus, the word is strictly equivalent to "meatsafe," to which the new Belfry bears a resemblance so perfect as almost to amount to coincidence' + REFERENCE

Budge: The Book of the Dead ch. CXXV: 'Hail, thou whose strides are long, who comest forth from Annu (Heliopolis), I have not done iniquity... Hail, thou divine Nose (Fenti), who comest forth from Khemennu (Hermopolis), I have not done violence' (and so forth for forty-two gods/sins).

keeper + REFERENCE

threshold - the piece of timber or stone which lies below the bottom of a door, and has to be crossed in entering a house; the sill of a doorway; hence, the entrance to a house or building.

Strongbow, Richard, earl of Pembroke - led the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170. He married Eve MacMurrough and ruled Leinster till he died in 1176. He was buried in Christ Church Cathedral; his tomb was long a Dublin landmark, a place where debts were paid, business done + FSTD:  But first armstrong strongbowth they would deal death to a drinking.  

letter + ledd (Norwegian) - link + Budge tells us that according to the oldest traditions, it was necessary to employ a ladder to reach the heavens, ruled by Osiris as "lord of the ladder" (BD, p. lxxiv). It is, of course, a purely Joycean concept to have the lord of the ladder come tumbling back down again, as suggested at 114.18, "louds of latters slettering down". At one point Finnegan tumbles from the ladder through time and space into an ancient Egyptian mastaba-tomb: "Dimb! He stottered from the latter. Damb! he was dud. Dumb! Mastabatoom, mastabadtomm" (6.09). (Mark L. Troy)

double - to double one's effort or speed + dubbe (Norwegian) - to bob up and down + Think of a number, double it, take your first thought away from it (phrase) + Dublin.

slake - to appease, allay, or satisfy (desire, thirst, hunger)

ourselves + sval (Norwegian) - cool.

aroon (Irish) - my darling, beloved + Sinn Féin, Sinn Féin Amháin (Irish) - Ourselves, Ourselves Alone (slogan) + Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that girdled the world before creation. A product of the energy and matter contained in this chaos, he created divine and human beings through loneliness: alone in the universe, he produced from his own semen Shu, the god of air (i.e. up draught), and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture (i.e. wet them). The brother and sister, curious about the primeval waters that surrounded them went to explore the waters and disappeared into the darkness. Unable to bear his loss, Atum sent a fiery messenger to find his children. The tears of joy he shed on their return were the first human beings.

rescue - to deliver or save (a person or thing) from some evil or harm + (notebook 1924): 'We rescue thee, O corpse, from the cold wet ground & honour thee with mouth burial'  But beware. Africa is cannibal land too. Crawford had trouble convincing the man-eating tribes that one should not eat your fellow-man. On the contrary, was the retort, not to eat what you kill, that would be a sinful waste. There were also cannibals that dug up and ate buried corpses, as Crawford horrifyingly recounts: “These tomb-haunters are curious in one respect. They, too, sing a dirge of exhumation, a curiously perverse song like the perversity of their ‘owl-deed’ (sic). The idea in this dirge is a conciliating of the supposed dead man’s resentment at being so disturbed in his sleep of death. This dirge is uttered in the moonlight with a sepulchral whine, and runs—‘Va Jika mu Kanwa / Panshi va tina Mwashi.’ We rescue thee, O corpse, from the cold wet ground, and honour thee with mouth-interment.” (Robbert-Jan Henkes).

Bass Pale Ale + bás (Irish) - death

damp - moist, humid

O'Connell's ale + cannibal + In the Heliopolitan creation myth, the solar god Atum masturbates to produce Tefnut and Shu. "Atem is he who masturbated in Iunu (On, Heliopolis). He took his phallus in his grasp that he might create orgasm by means of it, and so were born the twins Shu and Tefnut" (Pyramid Text 1248-49). In some versions of this myth, Atum also swallows his semen, and spits it out to form the twins, or else the spitting of his saliva forms the act of procreation.

trig - smart, neat + trig (Slang) - fill up + trygg (Norwegian) - safe + meat and drink + (notebook 1924): 'neat & trig' Black Thinking 417: How like the fresh young missionary, the first year how neat and trig; the second, how warped and shrunken!

draught - an act of drinking, a drink; the quantity of drink swallowed at one 'pull'

whet one's whistle - (in which whet has been substituted for the earlier wet): to clear the throat or voice by taking a drink + Wellington (1815; The Battle of Waterloo): "Up Guards and at them!" (later denied by Wellington) + Wellington (Replying to a blackmail threat): "Publish and be damned." (attributed) + Atum (Egyptian god).

sagen (ger) - to tell + sagt (ger) - says + sagde (Danish) - said + Kersse the tailor uses "sazd", the Norwegian Captain "sagd" and the ship's husband "sayd".

ship's husband - an agent appointed by the owner of a ship, and invested with authority to make the requisite repairs, and attend to the management, equipment, and other concerns of the ship he is usually authorized to act as the general agent of the owners, in relation to the ship in her home port. By virtue of his agency, he is authorized to direct all proper repairs, equipments and outfits of the ship; to hire the officers and crew; to enter into contraets for the freight or charter of the ship, if that is her usual employment; and to do all other acts necessary and proper to prepare and despatch her for and on ber intended voyage. 

Norman - the form of French spoken by the Normans, or the later form of this in English legal use + Norjankieli (Finnish) - Norwegian.

hvor (Norwegian) - where + "Mark the Wans, why do I am alook alike a poss of porterpease?... Mark the Twy, why do I am alook alike two poss of porterpease? And: Shut!"

sowter = souter - a maker or mender of shoes, cobbler + sooterkin (obs) - sweetheart, mistress; imperfect literary composition + soldier skins

suit + shoot.

tayler = tailor + taleren (Norwegian) - the speaker.

ashe - obs. form of ash, and of ask (v.)

whitehead - white-haired, esp. from age; also, having very light or fair hair, flaxen-haired + White Head, White Hat - Finn MacCool is often said to mean "white head" on "white hat"; "head" identifies him with "Howth", which is Danish "head."

clothes shop 

successor - one who succeeds another in an office, dignity, function, or position + The tailor was originally the successor to Ashe and Whitehead, clothes shop (McHugh, Roland / The sigla of Finnegans wake). 

a chara (a khore) (gael) - friend, my friend + O'hEadhra (o'hyare) (gael) - descendant of Eadhra (masc. personal name); anglic. O Hara + ahorrar (sp) - to save, emancipate + ahora (sp) - now.

cant - to speak in the peculiar jargon or 'cant' of vagabonds, thieves, and the like; Naut. To take, move into, or have an oblique position in reference to any defined course or direction, to swing round from a position.

bedst (Danish) - best

finished - consummate, perfect, accomplished

culture + coupure (fr) - cut, excision + O felix culpa! (Exsultet)

chunk - to proceed with a plunging or explosive sound + thank

pulley - a wheel or drum fixed on a shaft and turned by a belt or the like for the application or transmission of power; usually used so as to increase speed or power + you

chink - a convulsive gasp for breath, or spasmodic losing of the breath, as in hooping-cough; a convulsive fit of coughing or laughing

topside - on the top. Also fig. Freq. with reference to the upper deck of a ship.

mumber one - the finest quality, the best obtainable. As attrib. or adj. phr., first-rate, 'tip-top'.

fella - representing an affected or vulgar pronunciation of fellow + [get plenty of money, supreme salesman (Pidgin)]

fake - a contrivance, 'dodge', trick, invention; a 'faked' or 'cooked' report + fakke (Norwegian) - catch, nab.

an (Irish) - the

make a suit + make (Norwegian) - wife, spouse.

shoot - a motion or movement as though shooting or being shot in a particular direction

of course + meaning to say [sail], of clothes + FSTD: mannig Manning to sayle of cloths for his w . . . captain lady her master.

precisado (Portuguese) - needy + precise.

a pair of trousers = trousers

Cossack - name of a warlike Turkish people now subject to Russia, occupying the parts north of the Black Sea + cassock - a black garment reaching down to the ankles, worn by priests or choristers.

show + Judges 6:39-40: 'And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.'

I pray thee - Used parenthetically to add instance or deference to a question or request.


mens' garments (tailor)

brann (Norwegian) - fire + (taking cigarette out of mouth).

fist + (Irish practice of spitting in hands before shaking them to conclude a deal).

tape - to measure with a tape-line (a strip of linen or steel marked with subdivisions of the foot or metre)

raw - Of measurements, data, or the like: not yet subjected to a process giving them significance; unadjusted; naïvely calculated + raw paste (pudding). 

baste - sew together loosely, with large stitches + baste (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - beast + baste (Norwegian) - bind + best.

plank - to put down, to table or lay down money, to pay readily or on the spot

pledge - something given or taken as a sign or token of favour or the like, or as an earnest of something to come

tog - to clothe, to dress + tog (Norwegian) - took (19th century).

fringe - an ornamental bordering, consisting of a narrow band to which are attached threads of silk, cotton, etc., either loose or formed into tassels, twists, etc. + take French leave - to go away, or do anything, without giving notice.

bodach (budokh) (gael) - lout, churl; rich stupid farmer + buttock + butikk (Norwegian) - shop.

farewell + fur (ger) - for + FSTD: He spit in his faist (bergen beggin): he taped tape the raw baste (paddin): he planked his pledge ([as] dib upon is a dab): and he tog his fringe sleeve (buthock lad, fur whale).

alloy - an inferior metal mixed with one of greater value; esp. that which is added to gold and silver coinage + Matthew 5:38: 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth'.

allay - inferior metal mixed with one of greater value

soulth (Anglo-Irish) - ghost, apparition (from Irish: samhailt) + suit + forsooth.

(to do, etc., something) and like it - (to endure or perform something unpleasant) with a good grace, without complaint

barter - exchange, interchange

parter - one who parts

Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 26: 'The duke's room was pretty small, but plenty good enough, and so was my cubby'.

Sir John Norreys - famous 16th century soldier (especially notorious for his involvement in the reconquest of Ireland) + Norse.

every bit - entirely, quite + Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn 26: 'every bit and grain'.