bummel - a leisurely stroll or journey + bummel (Colloquial) - river + on the bum - vagrant; begging (cf. bummel n. and v.); in a state of disorder.

buccaneer - a pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century; to be or act like a buccaneer

Vanderdecken - Wagner's Flying Dutchman + First printed version of the story (1921): "She was an Amsterdam vessel and sailed from port seventy years ago. Her master’s name was Van der Decken. He was a staunch seaman, and would have his own way in spite of the devil. For all that, never a sailor under him had reason to complain; though how it is on board with them nobody knows. The story is this: that in doubling the Cape they were a long day trying to weather the Table Bay. However, the wind headed them, and went against them more and more, and Van der Decken walked the deck, swearing at the wind. Just after sunset a vessel spoke him, asking him if he did not mean to go into the bay that night. Van der Decken replied: ‘May I be eternally damned if I do, though I should beat about here till the day of judgment. And to be sure, he never did go into that bay, for it is believed that he continues to beat about in these seas still, and will do so long enough. This vessel is never seen but with foul weather along with her." + ducken (ger) - stoop, bow, duck. 

pump ship (Slang) - urinate

"Ship ahoy! Have ye seen the White Whale?" So cried Ahab (from Melville's Moby-Dick) + Ship Ahoy, movie, 1919; writer: Charley Chase; Plot: Charlie (West) stays at a seaside lodging house frequented by sailors. He gets involved with a gang of crooks when a sea captain attempts to kidnap his landlady's daughter + REFERENCE

Sandymount (Dumhach Thrá in Irish) - coastal suburb of South Dublin; Sandymount Strand (Irish: Dumhach Thrá) is a large strand on the east coast of Ireland, adjacent to the village and suburb of Sandymount in Dublin + sandy - composed of or containing a large proportion of sand + Sterne: Tristram Shandy

desert + FSTD: (that his pumps may ship all the awhole shandymound of the dusert dussard)

coarse - rough, harsh, or rude, to the taste, perception, or æsthetic sense + corsair = pirate [Lord Byron: 'The Corsair'].

high sea - (Now usually pl.) The deep or open sea + say (Irish) - sea.

Ship's Husband - one who provisions a ship. The Ship's Husband is distinguished by the use of "sayd", while the Captain uses "sagd" and Kersse uses "sazd" (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake) + Seipeal Iosaid (shepel isid) (gael) - Iosada's (fem. pers. name: Iseult, Isolda) Chapel; W. Dublin district; anglic. Chapelizod.

bloed (Dutch) - blood

blood (Dutch) - timid, shy, cowardly

Balt - a member of peoples who live by the Baltic Sea + xebec - a type of 3-masted Mediterranean ship + The "long ships" of the Vikings (such as Eric Bloodaxe and Harold Bluetooth) were developed by Baltic tribes as early as the time of Tacitus. 

crup - to put the crupper on (a horse) + creeping

language + lenge (Norwegian) - long.

navel - the central or middle point of anything

Landsmaal - 'New Norse', based on rural dialects + lumbus (l) - back + small of his back.

hawsehole - a cylindrical hole, of which there are two in the bows of a vessel, for the cable to run through. Also, The shaft or hole in the side of a vessel's bow through which the anchor chain passes. Phr. 'to enter (come, creep, get in) by the hawse-holes': to enter the service at the lowest grade, to rise from before the mast + arsehole.

confounder - one who ruins, destroys, overthrows, spoils, discomfits, etc. + God confound him.

voyage - to go by sea; to sail or cruise; to make a voyage or voyages. Also in fig. context.

maiden - a girl; a young (unmarried) woman + maiden voyage.

Jonah (Hebrew Yonah, dove-the Latin form is Jonas) - Old Testament book and prophet. Reluctant to preach to his fellow Jews, he was three days in a whale's belly + belly - a protruding abdomen + beli (Serbian) - white.

Pollyanna - heroine of stories written by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American children's author, used with allusion to her skill at the 'glad game' of finding cause for happiness in the most disastrous situations; one who is unduly optimistic or achieves happiness through self-delusion + Polly - a female given name, nickname for Mary created by rhyming with Molly + Joan - a generic name for a female rustic.

paternoster - The Lord's Prayer, esp. in the Latin version + portnoy (Russian) - tailor.


befuddle - to make stupid with tippling; also, to confuse, to stupefy + befall + faddle - 'to trifle; to toy; to play'. 

spit in his face

landside - a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff; the shore (obs.)

Donnybrook - a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, once famous for its annual fair; a scene of uproar and disorder + Donner (ger) - thunder + Bruch (ger) - break + Donnybrook Fair (song).

reefer - one who reefs; spec. a slang name given to midshipmen 'because they have to attend in the tops during the operation of taking in reefs' + Taffy Was a Welshman (nursery rhyme).

westment = vestment (obs.) - a garment or article of clothing, esp. one of the nature of a robe or gown; a priestly robe.

promiscuity + breach of promise - spec. Breach of promise to marry.

mutiny - open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers) + mutton + muttoner (Slang) - wencher.

free kick - an uninterrupted kick allowed to a team for an infringement against it, the opposing players having to stand ten yards away

turncoat - one who changes his principles or party

fewd = feud (obs.) + few

Meister (ger) - master

-een (Irish) - (diminutive)

Gascon - a native of Gascony, a former province in south-western France + gaas (Norwegian) - goose + to cook one's goose - to ruin someone, upset someone's plans. For example: ''He thinks he'll get away with stealing my idea, but I'm going to cook his goose''.

trimmer - a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs

sampling - the action of testing the quality of anything by means of samples

ledder = ladder; leather

fumus (l) - smoke + furbelows - flounces on petticoats.


Faust (ger) - fist

gora (Russian, Serbian) - mountain + gori (Serbian) - burns + gorb (Russian) = grba (Serbian) - hump, hunch + gorbatyi (Russian) - hunchback.

pushka or, correctly, puška (Russian, Serbian) - gun + gorbellied Pukkelsen [316.01]

bellows pocket - (late 19th c.) a patch-pocket with side folds capable of expanding or lying flat, like a bellows. Common in Norfolk jackets from 1890 on.

potatoes + pochta (Russian) or pošta (Serbian) - letters, post, mail.

Ulysses.14.730: 'a wolf in the stomach'

disagree - disagreement + disgrace

coddle - stew made from rashers, sausages, tripe, vegetables, milk and seasonings + rimskii katolicheskii zerkov (Russian) - Roman Catholic Church.

circle - a number of persons united by acquaintance, interests, etc. + Zirkus (ger) - circus.

drop dead - a slang (orig. U.S.) exclamation expressing emphatic dislike or scorn of the person addressed

teilwra (Welsh) - tailor

fife - a small shrill-toned instrument of the flute kind, used chiefly to accompany the drum in military music

Iseland - Iceland (obs.) + Ireland.

hullaballoo + whole length.


Drom an Dun Daire (drum adun deri) (gael) - Ridge of the Fort of the Oakwood + dunder (Norwegian) - noise, thunder + Londonderry (North).

remnant - that which remains or is left of a thing or things after the removal of a portion; the remainder, rest, residue

MUCKROSS - One of the lakes of Killarney, County Kerry; aka Middle Lake. The ruins of Muckross Abbey (15th cent) are nearby + Mecca + Magrath.  

foran - in front, before the eyes, in or on the front; right opposite to, over against, facing + foran (Norwegian) - before + make a coat and trousers for a foreign furrow follower (seaman).

hole in the wall - (an originally disparaging term for) any small, obscure place; spec. in the U.S., a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally + tail hole - anus + "So either he made two very lucky guesses, or there's a gigantic hole in the tale your chancellor is trying to get you to accept" + How Bear Lost His Tail

camel's hump + camel's back.

bak (Norwegian) - behind, bottom + bakke (Danish) - hill. + FSTD: there is never a tailorman in the Fife Falls Folks of Island Iseland from Drumadunderry till the rumnants of Mecckrass could milk a colt in thrushes foran furrow follower width that camelump back.

fadge - to fit in with or suit the surroundings; hence to get on, succeed, thrive + Fascist. 

fudge - to fit together or adjust in a clumsy, makeshift, or dishonest manner; to patch or 'fake' up; to 'cook' accounts. Often in schoolboy language: To make (a problem) look as if it had been correctly worked, by altering figures; to conceal the defects of (a map or other drawing) by adjustment of the parts, so that no glaring disproportion is observed; and in other like uses.

dry - feeling or showing no emotion, impassive; said of a jest or sarcasm uttered in a matter-of-fact tone and without show of pleasantry + dry cell - a type of battery + (noise from radio).

selenium cell - a photoconductive or photovoltaic cell containing selenium + Chiniquy: The Priest, the Woman and the Confessional 122: 'In the Church of Rome, through the confessional, the priest is much more the husband of the wife than the man to whom she was wedded at the foot of the altar. The priest has the best part of the wife. He has the marrow, when the husband has the bones. He has the juice of the orange, the husband has the rind. He has the soul and the heart, the husband has the skeleton. He has the honey, the husband has the wax cell. He has the succulent oyster, the husband has the dry shell.'

Ireland is + Roland and Oliver - friends in the Chanson de Roland and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. They were killed in battle by the Saracens because Roland would not - till too late - blow his horn to summon Charlemagne. When he blew the horn, it cracked. 

doom - to pronounce judgement or sentence against; esp. to condemn to some fate + crack of doom (phrase).

Ukko - Finnic sky god + ukkonen (Finnish) - thunder + O'Connell's Ale.

Power's Whiskey


saloon - in the U.S., a place where intoxicating liquors are sold and consumed; a drinking bar + salama (Finnish) - lightning; flash.

as if - as the case would be if; as though

salama (Finnish) - lightning, flash + salmagundi - a mixed dish.

list - to listen to, hear + lifted.

tummelumsk (Norwegian) - dizzy, bewildered + Tony Lumpkin - character (rascal) in 'She Stoops to Conquer' by Oliver Goldsmith + camel's hump + camel's back.

inat (Serbian) - spite, malice + i natt (Norwegian) - tonight + hearing that + Tom, Dick and Harry. 

ambi - both, on both sides + laterally - at the side; sideways + ambilateralis (l) - belonging to both sides + Fitzpatrick: Dublin, Historical and Topographical Account 257: 'At Crow Street Digges was playing 'Hamlet' and ruptured a blood-vessel in the first scene. The play was immediately stopped and 'She Stoops to Conquer' substituted for it... A gentleman in the pit had left the building immediately before the accident to Digges, for the purpose of buying oranges... having left 'Hamlet' in conversation with the 'Ghost,' found on his return the stage occupied by 'Tony Lumpkin' and his companions at the 'Three Jolly Pigeons'. He at first thought he had mistaken the theatre'.

(eyes on all sides)

lair - a place for animals to lie down in + Appleton layer - highest regular laying of ionosphere.

beforetime - in former time, formerly, previously + FSTD: The lord of the saloom hereinat presently returnd him from his beforetime guests

paler - one who puts up a paling or fence; an officer of a park charged with keeping the fences in repair + peeler - member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, founded by Robert Peel.

round - a quantity of liquor served round a company, or drunk off at one time by each person present

petrol - to supply with petrol + The Peeler and the Goat (song): 'O the Bansha peelers went out one night on duty and patrolling'.

abound - to be filled with, teem or swarm with + about

Lumpkin, Tony - cheerful rascal in Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer' + tuoni (it) - thunders + lampi (it) - lightnings.

raaskallen (Dutch) - to rave, to talk nonsense

aboon - northern form of 'above' + bound.

least + FSTD: who if they were about to loose a laugh they let it as the leashed they might do when they felt their joke was coming hame to them,

Sean Bhean Bhocht (shan van vukht) (gael) - Poor Old Woman: Ireland (poetic) + Bock (German) = bukk (Norwegian) - he-goat + 'Oh! the French are on the sea, Says the Shan Van Vocht' (song) + cramped back.

steerage - the action, practice or method of steering a boat or ship + steerage way - the minimum rate of motion required for a ship or boat to be maneuvered by the helm → The rudder of a vessel can only steer the ship when water is passing over it. Hence, when a ship is not moving relative to the water it is in, or can not move its rudder, it does not respond to the helm, and is said to have "lost steerage." The motion of a ship through the water is known as "making way." When a vessel is moving fast enough through the water that it turns in response to the helm, it is said to have "steerage way." This is why boats on rivers must always be under propulsion, even when traveling downstream. 

stabling - the action of placing or accommodating (horses) in a stable + The Rocky Road to Dublin (song).

ghost story 

speaking + spøke (Norwegian) - joke + spøkelse (Norwegian) - ghost.

gen - information; facts + gjenganger (Norwegian) - ghost [Henrik Ibsen: Gengangere (Ghosts)].

gang - action or mode of going; way, passage + gengang (Danish) - walking again.

then and there

dud - counterfeit; failing to answer to its description or to perform its function + død (Norwegian) - dead.

speak - talk, discourse, conversation