salary grab - an opprobrious term for the act of the U.S. Congress of 1873 by which the salaries of congressmen were increased.
Andy MacNish (Rhyming Slang) - fish
up in Annie's room (behind the clock) (Military Slang) - reply to enquiry about person's whereabouts (implies he is a 'bit of a lad').
awl - a small tool, having a slender, cylindrical, tapering, sharp-pointed blade, with which holes may be pierced; shoemaker + all
Bratsche (ger) - viola
Lombard Street - In the center of the City of London, it was the highquarters of the Lombard bankers before the 17th century, and still stands for high finance + Lombard Street West, Dublin (where the Blooms of used to live).
bester - one who gets the better of others by fraudulent means
sublime porte - the Ottoman court at Constantinople; the Turkish government
ban - anathematization, curse + ban, baen (Irish) - woman + ban (Cornish) = ban (Welsh) - mountain, height + Ban (Anglo-Irish) - Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
song 'The Wren, the Wren, the King of All Birds'
bom - bum; the sound of a gun
sur = sir
Ophelian - characteristic of Ophelia
cutprice - having or offered at reduced prices + culprit.
one + wan (Chinese) - ten thousand; a large number.
Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 838: 'Castle Costello'.
rope - a number of onions etc. plaited together + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 1336: 'A bed of feathers and ropes'.
rattler - a stutterer; a remarkably good horse + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 348: 'Horace the Rake'.
Fingal - Finn's name in Macpherson's Ossian poems. Fingal is a Scottish hero who comes to Ireland and fights the Danes. The Irish called certain Norse invaders, fingal or fingall, meaning "fair stranger" + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 602: 'The sons of Fingal'.
swayed - bent + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song Sweet Innisfallen.
Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 816: 'A woman and twenty of them'.
fair - a lovely woman + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 827: 'Mammie will you let me to the Fair'.
pop goes the weasel - dance in which each dancer in turn is popped under the arms of a couple with joined hands + Stanford: Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie no. 1051: 'Plough whistle'.
trader - one whose business is trade or commerce, a dealer or trafficker
vee - "V" + he + nursery rhyme A Was an Archer.
vintner - one who deals in or sells wine, a wine-merchant; an innkeeper selling wine.
sower - a planter of seed, one who spreads abroad something esp. what is obnoxious or objectionable, a promoter of discord.
Armenian - of or pertaining to Armenia or the Armenians + Joyce's note: 'Armenian Atrocity'.
(notebook 1922-23): 'sick fish belly up'
Edomite - a member of an ancient people who were descended from Esau and who lived near dead sea [f. Edom, another name for Esau].
devoid - to empty, remove, to make void or empty + (notebook 1924): 'devoid of the ordinary instincts of the Irish native'.
commoner - comparative of common (a.)
humor + BAD HOMBURG - Aka Homburg, or Homburg von den Hohe; city in Hesse state, Germany; resort and spa. Homburg hats were first made here.
rabrab (Danish) - 'quackquack', 'duck' in baby talk + raab (Danish) - shout.
miching - cringing, sneaky, whining + miching (obs) - playing truant, skulking, shrinking from view; pilfering, cheating.
Put your best foot foremost.
Woolworth - the name of the retailing company (orig. sixpenny store) F. W. Woolworth PLC, used attrib. to designate low-priced goods regarded as typical of its merchandise.
philosophist - one who philosophizes or speculates erroneously
Joyce's note (notebook 1923): 'pig's
bastard' > (
(MS 47471b-21, LMA: mister fatmeat ^+goutty ghibellins, yorky porker, white elephant, poison booser, guineapig's bastard+^ | JJA 45:165 | probably Nov 1923 | ).
fast - the action of fasting, abstinence from food; arrogance, pompousness
custody - safe keeping, protection, defence; care, guardianship; confinement, imprisonment.
polis - police; a greak city state
allocution - a formal address or exhortation by a general to his soldiers; the action of addressing or exhorting.
deposed - put down from office or authority
anarchistically - rel. to anarchism, admitting no ruling power
invasive - tending to intrude upon the domain or to infringe the rights of another, intrusive.
watch word - a cautionary word or speech, a premonitory sign, a warning + Wedgwood - English Quaker family, maker of china.
sedentary - accustomed or addicted to sitting still
as easy as kiss my hand, finger, etc. - used to denote the comparative ease of an action.
passive resistant - one who practices passive resistance (simple refusal to comply with some demand without active opposition).
booth - telephone booth
gripe - the action of griping, clutching, grasping or seizing tenaciously + police
ring up - to call (someone) by telephone
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard, ch. 1: (begins) 'A.D. 1767'
fundamentalist - an adherent of fundamentalism; also, an economic or political doctrinaire (one who holds some doctrine or theory which he tries to apply without sufficient regard to practical considerations).
future + Fuchs (ger) - fox.
Dominican - of or pertaining to St. Dominic or to the order of friars (and nuns) founded by him.
mission - a special series or course of religious services, sermons, instructions, etc. organized in connexion with a particular church or parish for the purpose of stimulating the piety of believers and converting the unbelieving.
potty - a nursery word for a chamber-pot; crazy, mad + party
Romish - rel. to Roman Catholic religion, Roman
devotion - religious worship or observance; prayer and praise; religious earnestness + (notebook 1922-23): 'the Roman devotion known as benediction'.
rosary - a form of prayer or set of devotions consisting in the recitation or chanting of fifteen decades of Aves, each decade being preceded by a Paternoster and followed by a Gloria.
him + ihm (ger) - him.
gonn = gun + gonn- (ger) - grant, permit.
bullocky - a bullock-driver; language of the sort used by bullock-drivers, swearing + Bullock, Shane (1865-1935) - Irish novelist. In 1927 (Letters, III, 163) Joyce wrote: "More kilos of abuse about E. Mr Shane Bullock calls me a monster and Mr Ben Hecht a Jack the Ripper."
ring off - to terminate a telephone call, hang up, to stop talking + FDV: The more considerably unpleasant bullocky finally before the he rang off pegged a few stones, all of a size, [and then, possibly but seeing the seriousness of what he had not done, made him leave the stones & having sobered up somewhat] left the scene after exhorting him to come out outside so that he cd burst him up, proceeding in the direction of the deaf & dumb institute.
peg - to aim (a missile) at + Pigott, Richard - obscure Irish journalist ("he played Falstaff to my Hal," Bernard Shaw wrote) who forged the letters which the Times published in "Parnellism and Crime." The forged letters linked Parnell to the assassinating-dynamiting faction of the Irish nationalists, indicated his approval of the Phoenix Park murders. Pigott's forgery was exposed when, before a government tribunal, he misspelt "hesitancy" as "hesitency." Pigott fled across Europe, pursued by Scotland Yard, and, in Madrid, he shot himself. In FW, the pursuit is mixed with the pursuit of Parnell. Who sent Pigott a-forging has not been surely established. FW seems to think it was Gladstone or the O'Sheas. (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake)
glatt (ger) - smooth + Gladstone, William Ewart (1809-98) - British prime minister, "The Grand Old Man" or "G.O.M .,"" The Grand Old Spider" (Parnell's, term), "William the Conqueror", "The People's William." His house was Hawarden + People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones (proverb) - people who have a fault should not criticize others for having that same fault.
mock - a derisive or contemptuous action or speech; an act of mocking or derision
sour grapes - said proverbially with allusion to Æsop's fable of 'The Fox and the Grapes', when a person is heard to disparage something which it is suspected he would be glad to possess if he could.
wicket - a small door or gate made in, or placed beside, a large one, for ingress and egress when the large one is closed; also, any small gate for foot-passengers, as at the entrance of a field or other enclosure.
volley - to utter (words, etc.) rapidly or impetuously; to discharge (arrows, shot, etc.) in a volley + So slan abhaile (su slan avoyle) (gael) - Safe home here! Here is a "safe home"! (a farewell).
reconnoitre - to make an inspection or take observations of (an enemy, his strength, etc.)
semi - - half [(notebook 1924): '*C* semisubconscious']
polish off - to finish off quickly or out of hand, to do for or get rid of summarily (colloq. orig. Pugilistic slang).
bawling - shouting at the top of one's voice
leave down - let drop
grumus (l) - little heap, hillock
brook - a small stream, rivulet
pace - to move with paces or steps; to walk with a slow, steady, or regular pace
diable (fr) - devil
lionndubh (lyonduv) (gael) - black bile, melancholy + lionn dubh (lyon duv) (gael) - porter, stout.
flay - a fright
flegm - phlegm + fleg - a fright.
splash - to cause (a liquid or semi-liquid substance) to fly about, to scatter
spume - foam, froth, frothy matter + Plische and Plum - according to Mr Atherton, little characters (dogs) in a book by Wilhelm Busch.
backblock - remote country
boor - any rude, ill-bred fellow
brusk - somewhat rough or rude in manner
put out - to put an end to, do away with, to extinguish