girdler - a maker of girdles

mercer - one who deals in textile fabrics, esp. a dealer in silks, velvets, and other costly materials

cordwainer - a worker in cordwain or cordovan leather; a shoemaker. Now obs. as the ordinary name, but often persisting as the name of the trade-guild or company of shoemakers, and sometimes used by modern trades unions to include all branches of the trade.

weaver - one who weaves textile fabrics; a workman or workwoman whose occupation is weaving + *O* (twelve occupations).

library (Archaic Slang) - tavern

hope (Norwegian) - to heap + open to the public.

innholder - innkeeper + innholder (Norwegian) - she/he/it contains + inneholde (Norwegian) - to contain, hold.

upholder - a dealer in small wares or second-hand articles (of clothing, furniture, etc.) + opphold (Norwegian) - sojourn + oppeholde (Norwegian) - to detain, stop + oppeholder (Norwegian) - he/she/it supports; detains.

say forth = say on ('say what you wish to say') (obs.) + setz an sofort (ger) - start immediately + seefahrt (ger) - navigation at sea + say (Irish) - sea + FSTD: — Sets on sayfahrt sayfohrt! Go to it! they bassabosuned.

go to it - to go ahead; to get to work; to do something with all one’s energy

agitator - an agent, one who acts for others; one who keeps up a political agitation. After the Bolshevik Revolution freq. applied spec. to Communist agitators.

bassoon - a double-reed instrument (the tenor of the oboe family) + Bass's ale.

hoose = house + floor of the house + flow of the hose.

Ulysses.1.284: 'Dedalus, come down, like a good mosey' + gode (Norwegian) - good + Gideon - son of Joash, liberator, reformer, judge of Israel (Judges, 6-8); Gideon said to God, "If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised - look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said." And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew — a bowlful of water.  

mosey - to go away quickly, to decamp; downy, hairy + Go Down, Moses, and set thy people free (song).

skep - old-fashioned straw or wicker bee-hive + skip (Norwegian) - ship + keep thy bible.

bumble bee

a cháirde (Irish) - friends (vocative)

Judges 6:36-37: 'And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.'

please God - may it (so) please God + Douglas: London Street Games 24: (a girls' Children’s game) 'Pease Cods' + the Cad (*Y*).

jacket - an outer garment with sleeves, reaching no lower than the waist, worn by boys and by men in certain occupations

rectify - to put or set (a person or thing) right, in various applications of the adj.; to bring or restore to a good or normal condition + ructus (l) - a belch.

nap  - a short sleep (usually not in bed); blankets (Slang)

three o’clock + FSTD:  — I will do that acordial, said sazd Kersse, piece Cod, and in the flap of a jack, ructified their o'cousin,

sober as a judge (phrase)

McCann, Philip - Joyce's godfather, who first told the story of the Norwegian Captain + Joyce's note: "Phil McCann godfather - brought to him in hope of £ 80 he'd
take me out in the back yard + show me a ?part of shit lying there (Dublin Corporation)". 

saw - a story, tale, recital (obs.) + saa (Norwegian) - so.

truly satisfied + FSTD: as sober as the ship's husband he was one my godfather when he told me saw whileupon I am now well and jurily sagasfide after the boonamorse that the widower [according to rider, [following pnomoneya,] ] he is blown to Adams.

bon amours (fr) - good loves

rider - one who rides a horse or other animal + Reuters - news agency + writer.

pneumonia - inflammation of the substance of the lungs

consistently - in accordance or consistency with, compatibly

atoms + "riverrun, past Eve and Adam's" + "At 4 a.m. the Flying Dutchman crossed our bows. A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the masts, spars, and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief as she came up on the port bow, where also the officer of the watch from the bridge clearly saw her, as did the quarterdeck midshipman, who was sent forward at once to the forecastle; but on arriving there was no vestige nor any sign whatever of any material ship was to be seen either near or right away to the horizon, the night being clear and the sea calm. Thirteen persons altogether saw her ... At 10.45 a.m. the ordinary seaman who had this morning reported the Flying Dutchman fell from the foretopmast crosstrees on to the topgallant forecastle and was smashed to atoms." Record is Dalton's One of the sightings of Flying Dutchman (off the coast of Australia, between Melbourne and Sydney) was by Prince George of Wales (b. 1865) (later King George V). During his late adolescence, in 1880, with his elder brother Prince Albert Victor of Wales (b. 1864) (sons of the future King Edward VII), he was on a three-year voyage with their tutor Dalton aboard the 4,000-tonne corvette Bacchante.

Boyg - vague, sinister, troll-hike monster in Norwegian folklore and in Peer Gynt + bog (Russian, Serbian) - God + legal oath: 'so help me God and kiss the book' + FSTD: So help me buy buoy who keeps the buck.  

whereafter - after which + {the publican collects money for the drinks - then has a fall}

behest - to vow, promise

suzerain - a feudal overlord; attrib. or adj., as suzerain lord, power, state

thing (Old Norse) - assembly

Pilsener - a pale-coloured lager beer with a strong hop flavour

baar (Dutch) - bier, litter + (jury pass verdict between) Sovereign Lord the King and the prisoner at the bar + public-house bar.

jarl - an old Norse or Danish chieftain or under-king + Jarl (Old Norse) - Earl.

Ragnar Lodbrok ("shaggy breeches") - Viking, saga hero who, tradition says, died in Ireland.  

Irland (Norwegian) - Ireland + (they called him reckoner, I'll call him roguenor).

change - money of a lower denomination given in exchange for a larger coin, a bank-note, etc.; hence generally, coins of low denomination

piece - a piece of money, a coin; as penny piece + pingin (pinin) (gael) - penny ('pig' is an Irish half-penny) + penge (Norwegian) - money.

coyne - a quince + coin + (notebook 1924): 'coyne & livery for his men' Lawless: The Story of Ireland 29: 'there grew up by degrees that class of armed retainers... who surrounded every important chief... and were by them quartered forcibly in war time upon others, and so there grew up that system of "coyne and livery," or forced entertainment for horse and men' + coyne and livery - a system of billeting in medieval Ireland, whereby the chief's horses and men were forcibly quartered on his tenants or subjects, making them responsible for their food, lodging and wages (from Irish coinmheadh: guesting and livery: provisions).

a word in your ear - a brief message for you in confidence

shipshape - arranged properly, as things on board ship should be; trim, orderly

sotto voce - in a subdued or low voice; fig. Quietly, privately.


dearg-daol (daregdil) (gael) - "red-beetle": earwig

do duty - to discharge a function + to do the dirty - to play a dirty trick.

duff - worthless, spurious, false, bad + duff (Irish) - black + deaf

dork - the penis + dockland + darkland.

compos mentis - having control of one's mind, in one's right mind + compass.

to the good - as a balance on the right side; e.g. as net profit, as excess of assets over liabilities, or the like

ind (Danish) - in + FSTD: Whereofter behest his suzerain law the Thing and the pilsener at had the baar, still passing the change-a-pennies, pengeypigses, a several sort of coyne in livery, pushed their whisper in his hairing, the same to the good, in ind as ast velut discharge after which he had exemptied more than orphan for the ballast of his nurtural life.

ast - obs. or dial. pa. tense of ask + ast (l) - moreover, but, yet + Ast (ger) - branch.

volt - the practical unit of electromotive force + velut (l) - just as, like as + velu (fr) - hairy + vel (Norwegian) - well + ut (Norwegian) - out + valid.

discharge - Electr. The emission or transference of electricity which takes place between two bodies positively and negatively charged, when placed in contact or sufficiently near each  other.

exempted - to whom immunity (from punishment, burdens, or obligations) has been granted + emptied (bottles).

ballast - Electr. A device used in an electrical circuit to stabilize the current under changing conditions + balance

natural life - Used chiefly (and now only) with reference to the duration of this + nurtural - of, belonging to, or due to nurture; usually designating characteristics, etc., which can be attributed to training, environment, or the like, and are not natural or inherited.

cast - calculation, reckoning; an act of calculation + Comyn: The Youthful Exploits of Fionn: 'threw a cast' (and killed a duck).

pieces + pigses (Irish) - halfpennies (Irish halfpenny had a pig on it, threepenny bit a hare and penny a chick).

here + hare (Irish) - threepenny.

cheating + chicken (Irish) - penny. 

tribune - an officer holding some position analogous to that of a Roman tribune; a judge

tribute - something paid or contributed as by a subordinate to a superior; an offering or gift rendered as a duty, or as an acknowledgement of affection or esteem + 'tribune's tribute' - popular name for contributions given by Irish to O'Connell.

mimic - pertaining to, or of the nature of, mimicry or imitation + FSTD: A few pigses, and hare you are and no chicking, if you guess mimic miening.

mien - to comport oneself (in a specified way) + meaning

meanly - in a way that shows a mean or base disposition, or a small mind; sordidly, niggardly

lewd - Of speech and the like: Rude, artless.

brogue - a strongly-marked dialectal pronunciation or accent + Ragnar Lodbrok - 9th century Viking chief [.15]


copper - copper money; a copper coin; a penny or halfpenny + capall (Irish) - the horse on the half-crown.

token - a stamped piece of metal, often having the general appearance of a coin, issued as a medium of exchange by a private person or company, who engage to take it back at its nominal value, giving goods or legal currency for it.

Sitric the Viking minted the first silver coin in Ireland, a penny + (sixpence).

juwel = jewel + Comyn: The Youthful Exploits of Fionn: 'the round-bag of jewels'.

nummer - obs. f. number 

summus (l) - the top + nummus (l) - a coin.

Bottomley, Horatio - English journalist who blackmailed various English politicians and went to jail

Tommy's + Thomas of Bologna - alchemist

Thomas Digges - 16th century mathematician

Hermes Trismegistus - legendary alchemist to which numerous Greek texts were attributed + Tom, Dick and Harry.

frame - construction, structure; constitution, nature + friendship.

mettle - ardent or spirited temperament; semen (Slang) + hard metal - any of various alloys valued for their hardness + Comyn: The Youthful Exploits of Fionn: 'Finn of hard weapons'.

Comyn: The Youthful Exploits of Fionn: 'Finn MacGleoir' (name given Finn MacCool after his mother married Gleoir).

mint - a piece of money, a coin; trans. To make (coin) by stamping metal + meant.

bullyon - solid gold or silver (as opposed to mere showy imitations); shilling.

gauger - one who gauges (to 'take the measure' of); one who sells liquor (obs. rare.) + gauger (Irish) - a disagreeable ne'er-do-well, a ruffian (from Irish gabhadaire: a cunning fellow).

stow - to place in a receptacle to be stored or kept in reserve

stiver - Used (like penny) as a type of a coin of small value, or of a small amount of money.

pingin (pinin) (gael) - penny + pengepung (Norwegian) - purse.

bulk - a ship's cargo + in bulk (of fish, etc.) - lying loose in heaps, without package; (gen.) in large quantities.

hold - Nautic. In earlier use, below the orlop deck, the lower part of the interior of a ship's hull, especially when considered as storage space, as for cargo. In later merchant vessels it extended up through the decks to the underside of the weather deck + in hold - in confinement, custody, imprisonment + indhold (Norwegian) - contents..

finance - the commercial activity of providing funds and capital + finnen (Norwegian) - the Finn.

bravo - capital! excellent! well done!

LITTLE BRITAIN - French Bretagne or Brittany, North-West France; aka Armorica. Tristram died there; Amory Tristram, first Lord of Howth, was born there, or so James Joyce believed. Ptolemy called Ireland "Little Britain" + Little Britain Street, Dublin, scene of 'Cyclops'. 

keen - acute, highly sensitive

kenning - mental cognition; knowledge, cognizance

queerest + FSTD: Thus as count the costs of liquid courage stowed stivers in bulk in hold keen his kenning, the querriest of the bunch crew,

misshape - a bad or deformed shape or figure, deformity; a mis-shapen body or person + mishaps.

namely + namesake - a person or thing having the same name as another.

foully - with revolting wickedness, cruelty, or treachery; impurely, obscenely

descendant - one who 'descends' or is descended from an ancestor + dissent - to think differently, disagree.

periplus - circumnavigation

sue - to follow after a person or thing in motion; to follow as an attendant or adherent

the name Dublin derives from Irish dubh linn: black pool + lionn dubh (Irish) - porter, stout, black bile + FSTD: with that fellow fearing for his own misshapes, should he be [himpself] a [foully fallen] dissentant from the peripulator sued towerds Meade-Reid and Burton Lynn-LaneDuff,

hodden - woollen cloth of a coarse quality such as used to be made by country weavers on their hand-looms + hidden

pooka - in Irish folk-lore, A hobgoblin, a malignant sprite + Pokal (ger) - wine-cup + pokal (Norwegian) - cup + pukkel (Norwegian) - hump, hunch.

leaden - of a dull, cold, pale colour; dull grey + Genesis 1:3: 'Let there be light' + Genesis 1:9: 'let the dry land appear'.

Judges 6:39: 'let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.' (Gideon).

drownd - dial. and vulgar for drown (v.) + Judges 6:37: (Gideon): 'and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside... 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 6:39 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. 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.'