flummery - nonsense, humbug, meaningless ceremonies and flattery; also, various sweet custard-like dishes for dessert [(notebook 1922-23): 'flummery'].

pronounced - fig. Clearly expressed, strongly marked; such as to be clearly, easily, or readily perceived or recognized.

orally - by word of mouth, verbally + really + Joyce's note: '*V* opinions which I might have'.

pieces + boxes.

trash - worthless notions, talk, or writing; nonsense

*A* & *C*

breed - to give rise to, call forth + Thomas Moore, song: Oh! Breathe Not His Name.


slip - to allow oneself to drop or fall with an easy, gliding motion + slept.

coachman - the man who drives a coach + cauchmar (fr) - nightmare.

piop (pip) (gael) - pipe + met a cad with a pipe.

wore - obs. pa. tense of be

madge - the barn owl + maids + madge (Slang) - woman; vulva + *IJ*.

make water - to urinate + breakwater -

three fellows + *VYC*

shrubs + suburbs.

hawk - to carry about from place to place and offer for sale; to cry in the street

handmade - made by hand. Formerly distinguished from the work of nature (= artificial), now usually from that of machinery.

figger - a little boy put in a window to hand out goods to the diver + figures

France + *K*.

Fritz - a German, esp. a German soldier + *S*.

keuken (Dutch) - kitchen

phiz - face, countenance; expression or aspect of face + this


Badhbh (bav) (gael) - royston-crow, vulture; death-goddess of battle + pauvre petite femme (fr) - poor little woman.

famm (Slang) - hand


pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff + pike (Norwegian) - girl.

lifetree - 'tree of life' + lavatory.

epitaph - an inscription upon a tomb

stay + stone + Steyne - a pillar formerly standing in Dublin, erected by the Vikings near their landing place (also, an area of land south of the Liffey near where the stone stood).

balsebal (Volapük) - eleven

bimbi (it) - babies + bim (Volapük) - tree + Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top (nursery rhyme).

swarm - to come together in a swarm or dense crowd; to crowd, throng

tiltops (Danish) - all the way up

dutch - a costermonger's wife; gen. a wife; often old Dutch

comme (fr) - like, as if, almost + combien? (fr) - how much? + kom binnen (Dutch) - come in.

bien - comfortable, cozy, snug + bien (fr) - well (adverb); good (noun).

hoeveel? (Dutch) - how much?

dying - ceasing to live, expiring


mound - the world (obs.)

rear - to get up on one's feet, to rise up + tout le monde rirent (fr) - everyone laughed.

wot - to know


sabby, savvy (Slang) - common sense, gumption, know-how + (notebook 1924): 'a child sailing eggshells on the floor on a wet day wd have more sabby'.

utter - to disclose or reveal (something unknown, secret, or hidden); to issue by way of publication, to publish + FDV: Letter written by Sham, brother of Shaun, for Alp, mother of Shaun, all about Hek, father of Shaun.

initial - to mark or sign with initials

gee - the name of the letter G

hardware - small ware or goods of metal; ironmongery + 29 Hardwicke Street (Joyce's Address in Dublin 1893).

leonem (l) - a lion

en ville - away from home

apposite - well put or applied; appropriate, suitable + opposite + (13 is opposite of 31).

14 Fitzgibbon Street (Joyce's Address in Dublin 1893-4)

loco - mad, insane, off one's head + loco (it) - place.

B.L. - Bachelor of Law, also (Fr.) Bachelier-čs-lettres + Benjamin Lee Guinness, brewer.

esquire - a man belonging to the higher order of English gentry, ranking immediately below a knight

Leopold Bloom

Norse mound (Thingmote: the Viking assembly-mound in Dublin) + North Richmond Street - Cul-de-sac of North Circular Road. The Joyce family lived at No 17 in 1895.

nave - the central area of a church

unlodge - to dislodge, to drive out of a lodging or resting-place + lodgeable - fit for lodging in + name illegible.

noa - an expression substituted for a taboo word or phrase + Noa (l) - Noah + left no address.


no such person + non sic possum (l) - not thus can I.

WINDSOR AVENUE -  Runs North off Fairview Strand. The Joyce family lived at No 29 from 1896 to 1899; the landlord was the Reverend Mr Hugh Love. U 242/245: "29 Windsor Ave. Love is the name?...The reverend Mr. Love." 

ave (l) - hail

No. - number

vale (l) - farewell, goodbye, adieu

when Joyce met Nora she worked at Finn's Hotel

expel - to drive or thrust out; to eject by force

Battle of Clontarf, 1014

pulldown - the act of pulling down, or fact of being pulled down. Also fig.; to lower or depress in health, spirits, strength, value, etc.; also, to 'bring low', to humble, humiliate + Piltown, County Kilkenny.

Fairview (near Clontarf) 


nine hundred and sixty five

shoot on sight

roofless - not having a roof

Dunlop tyres

"Donald a Domhnall," the air to T. Moore's "I Saw Thy Form" + Donnell O'Donnelly - Irish captain who fought with Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, at the Siege of Kinsale (1601). 

q.v. = quod vide (Latin 'which see') + qui vixit (l) - who lived.

ROYAL TERRACE - Street in Fairview district, North-East Dublin. The Joyce family lived at No 8 in 1901. 

strait - narrow, tight; Of fortune, means, circumstances: Limited so as to cause hardship or inconvenience + no such street.

put up the shutters - to bring one's business to a close for the day or permanently

at sea - out on the sea, on ship-board, in employment as a sailor; fig. In a state of mind resembling the condition of a ship which is out of sight of land and has lost her bearings; in a state of uncertainty or perplexity, at a loss.

ded - obs. form of dead

scent - fig. To perceive as if by smell; to find out instinctively; to detect + please send on.

Clontarf + Clonturk Park, Dublin.

factor - a person who acts as merchant for another, a mercantile agent

CASTLEWOOD AVENUE - In Rathmines, South Dublin; the Joyce family lived at No 23 in 1884 + three castles on Dublin coat of arms.

pax vobiscum (l) - peace be with you 

arrested - stopped, checked, stayed; seized by legal warrant

J.P. - Justice of Peace (an inferior magistrate appointed to preserve the peace in a county, town, or other district, and discharge other local magisterial functions).

hospitalism - the hospital system: used esp. with reference to the hygienic evils incident to old, crowded, and carelessly conducted hospitals

March Past - an expression made use of when a regiment or any larger body of men pass in review order before the sovereign or reviewing officer

MILLBOURNE LANE - Now Millbourne Avenue, in Drumcondra. The Joyce family lived at No 2 in 1894. At that time there were 2 dairies in this street + Milch (ger) - milk + Brucke (ger) - bridge. 


Drom Conaire (drum kunire) (gael) - Conaire's (masc. personal name) Ridge; N. Dublin district; anglic. Drumcondra + Traum (ger) - dream.

bunk - humbug, nonsense + bank

Findlater, Adam - 19th-century Dubliner who made money in groceries and spent it in civic restoration. The Dublin Presbyterian chapel in Parnell Square was restored by him and is called Findlater's Church.  

schon geschossen (ger) - already shot

ST PETER'S TERRACE - North side of Cabra Road near its intersection with North Circular Road. The Joyce family lived at No 7 in 1902-1903; James Joyce's mother died there. 

cabrank - a row of cabs on a stand + CABRA - District, North-West Dublin. The Joyce family lived at No 7 St Peter's Terrace (now St Peter's Road), Cabra, in 1902-04. Mrs Joyce died there. Cabra Park is a residential circle just North of the Joyce home but built since that time. Cabrach, Ir. "bad land."   

crowd + seized by the Crown.

Sir Arthur Guinness + Sir Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.