Wenceslaus - name of several dukes and kings of Bohemia (in Czechoslovakia)

sesame - the word used as a charm to open and shut the door of the robbers' den in the tale of 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'; hence, a magic password, something which acts like magic in obtaining admission + szesz (Hungarian) - alcohol, spirit.

v (Czech) - in

s (Czech) - with

z (Czech) - out of + nazdar (Czech ) - hello; how are you?

k (Czech) - to, towards

ano (Czech) - yes

ne (Czech ) - no

fit like a glove - to fit or suit perfectly

shoehand - a shoemaking operative

Potemkin - the name of Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin (1739-91), favourite of Empress Catherine II of Russia, used attrib. to designate the sham villages reputed to have been erected, on his orders, for Catherine's tour of the Crimea in 1787 + podomek (Czech) - manservant.

ani slovo (Czech) - hush!, softly, not a word

slavey - hard-worked female domestic servant, maid of all work

szczochy (Polish) - piss

Słowianie (Polish) - Slavs

aged - having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old + {Kate brings a message to the publican from his wife - asking him to come to bed, now the children are asleep}

crafty - skilful, clever, ingenious; Of persons or their faculties, etc.: Skilful in devising and carrying out underhand or evil schemes; cunning, artful

mummified + nummi (pl.) (l) - coins, money.

confessionary - of or pertaining to confession

overinsure - to insure for more than the real value, to insure excessively

everlasting - lasting for ever + lapse - to fall away by slow degrees, to pass or sink gradually through absence of effort or sustaining influence.

accentuated - pronounced with or distinguished by accent, furnished with written accents; fig. Emphasized, strongly marked.

Katerina (Czech) - Catherine + FSTD: The aged, crafty, nummifeed, confusionary, overinsured, everlapsing, accentuated kate clopped, clopped, clopped [back and] along the lane danzing corridoor [not without her complement of men] between the two deathdealing allied divisions and the lines of readypresent fire of the corkedagains' upstored, taken in giving the salute saloot.

clop - make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground

darí dobre (Czech) - keeping well

Danzig (city)

wally - an unfashionable person; one who is foolish, inept, or ineffectual + My Boy Willie (song) + vybojovaly (Czech) - you waged the battle.

kavárna (Czech ) - coffeehouse, coffee restaurant

ready!, present!, fire! (military commands)

cardigan - a knitted woollen over-waistcoat with or without sleeves (named from the Earl of Cardigan, distinguished in the Crimean war, 1855.)

lit. aufbewahrt (ger) - kept safe + Corsican Upstart (Napoleon).

salut - a toast: 'cheers!', 'good health!' + salute.

band - to bind or fasten with a band (a flat strip of a flexible substance, used to bind round an object) or bands, to cover with a band or bandage

Moltke, Helmuth, Count von (1800-1891) - Prussian field marshal + FSTD: [Band Band your heads hands going in, bind your heads coming out.] And remarked.

alone + Sinn Féin Amháin (Irish) - Ourselves Alone (slogan)

vrbovy (Czech ) - willowy

willowy - resembling a willow in its flexible or drooping gracefulness + whippoorwill - American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage.

dríví (Czech ) - wood, timber

drawly - of the nature of a drawl, characterized by drawling

paterfamilias - the (male) head of a family or household

Bohemians + by home.

boef (Dutch) - criminal

booby - a dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a clown, a nincompoop + bobby - an informal term for a British policeman.

boo - a sound imitating the lowing of oxen; also used to express contempt, disapprobation, aversion

news in the museum + now you're in the museum [008.09]

Jameson's whiskey + James (Shem) + "The jinnies is a cooin her hand and the jinnies is a ravin her hair and the Willingdone git the band up." [008.33-.34]

in one's hair - bare-headed, without hat or wig; being a nuisance or encumbrance, in one's way

jeunesse (fr) - youth + Guinness + John (Shaun).

rapin - In France: an apprentice in an artist's studio; an (unruly) art student + raven.


get the wind up - to become afraid, to get into a state of alarm or 'funk'


missus - wife; Used by servants (usually without article) in speaking of their mistresses.

brag - to vaunt, talk boastfully, boast oneself

agony - extreme bodily suffering, such as to produce writhing or throes of the body

stays - a laced underbodice, stiffened by the insertion of strips of whale-bone (sometimes of metal or wood) worn by women to give shape and support to the figure

sari - a long wrapping garment of cloth or silk, usually of a bright colour, worn by Hindu women; also, the material of which this is composed

chemise - originally the under-garment, usually of linen, both of men and women, a shirt; but now restricted to that worn by females, formerly called 'smock' and 'shift'

blanck = blank - to blanch, to make white, whiten

keep up - to proceed at an equal pace with (lit. and fig.)

fashion + fascio (it) - bundle (from which Fascism derives its name).

dronning (Danish) - queen

beeswax - to rub or polish with bees-wax + On the back (or front) of the last page of this separate pink sheet Joyce wrote: "Extras for A / "the King of all dronnings kissed her busywaxed hand".

hunky - in good condition, safe and sound, all right + Nelson: 'Kiss me, Hardy'.


face + phiz (Slang) - countenance.

tubtail - a farthingale or hooped skirt; one who wears this + Swift: A Tale of a Tub.

Monday (washday) + mundane.

chaps - the jaws as unitedly forming the mouth + fed to the teeth - to be surfeited or disgusted (with), bored or tired to breaking-point.

medical - a student or practitioner of medicine

birthright - right by birth; the rights, privileges, or possessions to which one is entitled by birth; inheritance, patrimony (specifically used of the special rights of the first-born)

pang - a brief keen spasm of pain which appears suddenly to pierce or shoot through the body or any part of it; a shooting pain + (menstruation pains).

atom + Atum.

like forty - with immense force or vigour, 'like anything'

fader - father (obs.) + fader (Danish) - father.

hunch - to thrust out or up, or bend, so as to form a 'hunch' or hump; to compress, bend, or arch convexly + Vater Unser (ger) - Our Father.

howdy = how do ye - a message or salutation containing an inquiry as to the health of a person + dowdy - shabbily dull in colour or appearance; without brightness, smartness, or freshness.

mountainy - belonging to or dwelling in the mountains + Mountainy Mutton - Joseph Campbell, author of The Mountainy Singer, published by Maunsel, 1909. In "Gas from a Burner": "I [Maunsel] printed the poems of Mountainy Mutton, / And a play he wrote... / Where they talk of ' bastard', ' bugger', and ' whore'."  

mot - a witty saying + mot (Dublin Slang) - girl + moss + mots (fr) - words → Jules Michelet: Discours sur la systčme et la vie de Vico: 'les hommes habitent d'abord les montagnes, ensuite les plaines, enfin le rivages. Les idées et les perfectionnements du langage ont dű suivre cet ordre' (men first inhabited the mountains, after that the plains, finally the coasts. Ideas and the development of language must have followed this order).

amnis (l) - river + amnesty (Archaic) - forgetfulness.

plein = plain (obs.)

fain - gladness, joy + fein amhain (fen awan) (geal) - self alone.

wan (Dublin Slang) - girl (literally 'one')

Hottentot - any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa

Podushka (Russian) = poduska (Czech) = poduszka (Polish) - pillow (literally 'something put under the ear').  

praised + Praha (Czech ) - Prague.


dorter - a sleeping-room, bed-chamber, dormitory; esp. that of a monastery + daughter

hushaby - Hush! and go to sleep; a word used in lulling a child

lullaby - a song sung to children to soothe them to rest

formication - an abnormal sensation as of ants creeping over the skin + formica (l) - ant + fornication - voluntary sexual intercourse between a man (in restricted use, an unmarried man) and an unmarried woman. In Scripture extended to adultery. 

poor - in pl. sense (usually with the): poor people as a class

gory - covered with gore, stained with blood, bloody + gora (Russian) - mountain + Lord's Prayer: 'and lead us not into temptation... For thine is the Kingdom, The Power and the Glory... Amen'.

males (Irish Pronunciation) - meals

at a time - at one time; at one time and another, at various times, occasionally

puff - a name for various kinds of very light pastry or confectionery

durst - pa. tense (and dial. pa. pple.) of dare (v.) + dusted with nutmeg (hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground).

brambory (Czech) - potatoes + bramberry (Obsolete) = Brombeere (ger) - blackberry.

dorty - ill-humoured, pettish, sulky; saucy, haughty + dorty (Czech) - cakes.

dumpling - dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry + Dear Dirty Dublin.

Ober (ger) - waiter + obaire (Irish) - work, labour + Dublin Bay.

madam + Mrs Beeton's cookery book.

Pfot- (ger) - paw + upset the pot + Hatshepsut: famous female Pharaoh (ca. 1500 BC; daughter of Tuthmosis I, married her half-brother Tuthmosis II; erected the temple of Karnak; depicted in typical Pharaonic fashion, including male garments and a beard).

wishful - Of a person: Possessed by a wish for something specified or implied; wishing, desirous + whist! - silence!. 

lecture - to deliver lectures to or before (an audience); to instruct by lecture + lictura (l) - binding, twisting.

caudal - of or belonging to the tail; situated in or near the tail + Ulysses.9.238: 'caudlelectures'.

chesty - conceited and self-assertive; having one's chest thrust out as a sign of self-importance; Of a woman: having prominent breasts + chesty (Czech) - frequent. 

Schach (ger) - chess; check! + cac (Irish) - excrement + cach (Irish) - everybody

dobry den (Czech) - good day

noviny (Czech) - newspaper, news

NAUL - Village, 6 miles South-West of Balbriggan, County Dublin; on Delvin River. 

Töplitz - Bohemian spa resort + toplo (Serbian) - warm, hot.

moribund - a person in a dying state + MARIENBAD - Spa and town, Bohemia, West Czech; once one of the most frequented watering-places of Europe + Merrion Baths, Dublin.