goosy - resembling a goose; hence, foolish, silly + 'bone to pick' - dates back to the 16th century, referring to a dog chewing endlessly on, and "picking clean," a large bone. A "bone to pick" is thus a subject or issue that is expected to require considerable discussion or argument (''I have a bone to pick with you'').

yea - yes

store - to keep in store for future use, to collect and keep in reserve + stole - pa. tense and pple. of steal.


yup = yep - yes

fancy - to portray in the mind; to picture to oneself; to conceive, imagine + FDV: — But I suppose you could use worse yourself dear Shaun, if you only took the trouble of so doing?

strikingly - in a striking manner or degree

brainy - that has plenty of brains; acute, clever

lettered - acquainted with or instructed in letters; learned, literate, educated + (notebook 1924): 'lettered' → Rothschild: Histoire de la Poste aux Lettres 127: 'clerc, comme on appelait alors les personnes lettrées par métier' (French 'clerk, as professionally lettered persons were then called').

yourshelves (Irish Pronunciation) - yourselves.

Seumas (Irish) - James (Pronunciation 'shaymus')

I suppose you cd use worse yrself? I doubt it (notebook 1924)

ingenious - having an aptitude for invention or construction; clever at contriving or making things

abu (abu) (gael) - to victory

FDV: — Undoubtedly so & by the power of war I could do it anytime I liked [with my left hand tied] much worse than my any twin brother Shem only I would never take the trouble of doing it, was Shaun's reply. And by all I hold sacred I swear [[an oath by the name of Shaun] that] I never will permit will commit to the flames any incendiary [whoever tries] to set a mother of mine on fire.

show - an unreal or illusory appearance (of something); an appearance with little or no reality behind it + so

Muttermilch (ger) - mother's milk + melk (Dutch) - milk + buttermilk - the sour liquid that remains after the butterfat has been removed from whole milk or cream by churning.

blood donor - one who gives blood for transfusion

disseminate - to scatter abroad, as in sowing seed; to spread here and there; to disperse (things) so as to deposit them in all parts

emanation - the process of flowing forth, issuing, or proceeding from anything as a source; lit. and fig. + (not the one who farted).

fall (Breton) - bad


blurry - full of blurs, faultily indistinct in features + (notebook 1924): 'by the powers of war - of Moll Kelly' (dash dittoes 'by the powers'; only first five words crayoned) Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard, prologue: 'Be the powers o' war!' + words of power → "What words of power were made fas" [098.26] 

liable - bound or obliged by law or equity, or in accordance with a rule or convention

convicted - proved or found guilty, condemned + convinced.

fippence - five pence

boot - good, advantage, profit, use; that which is 'thrown in', or given in addition, to make up a deficiency of value, a premium, compensation (obs. dial.); compensation paid, according to Old English usage, for injury or wrong-doing; satisfaction made. 

allowance - a definite portion, sum, or amount, allotted or granted to meet any expenses or requirements + British postmen (and policemen) received a boot allowance (e.g. one pound a year in 1907).

allergrosste (ger) - largest of all


soror (l) - sister + soliloquise - talk to oneself.

openair - existing, carried on, performed in, or characteristic of the open air; Also transf. and fig.

ingenuous - honourably straightforward, open, frank, candid. (The current sense.) 

clerk - to act as clerk + (notebook 1924): '*V* clerk' → Rothschild: Histoire de la Poste aux Lettres 127: 'Les letters les moins nombreuses sont celles de la Trémoille... Écrire était l'affaire de son clerc' (French 'The fewest letters are those of Trémoille... Writing was the business of his clerk').

arrah - an expletive expressing emotion or excitement, common in Anglo-Irish speech + Éire go bráth (Irish) - Ireland until Judgement Day.

brâz (Breton) - big, grand + obraz (Serbian) - cheek.

pencil - to write or jot down with a pencil + pinsel (Irish Pronunciation) - pencil + Pinsel (ger) - painter's brush + FDV: I could do it anytime I liked [with my left hand tied] much worse than my any twin brother Shem only I would never take the trouble of doing it, was Shaun's reply.

immenseness - the quality of being immense; immeasurableness, infinity; vastness, hugeness + innuendoes + amanuenses - a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts (used by Joyce as his sight failed).

perorate - to speak at length, deliver an oration; to sum up or conclude a speech or oration

cicer (l) - chickpea (Pronunciation 'kiker') + (eat a row of beans) + Cicero - 1st century B.C. Roman orator and statesman.

Maries + miracles.

Trifolium - a large genus of leguminous plants, with trifoliate leaves, and flowers mostly in close heads [L. trifolium (Pliny), f. tri-, tri- + folium leaf] + trifolium (l) - shamrock + Tripartite Life of Saint Patrick - a medieval manuscript describing Saint Patrick's life. 

libretto - the text or 'words' to which an opera or other extended musical composition is set [It. = 'little book', f. libro book] + librotto (it) - small and bad book.

orthodox - Of opinions or doctrines: Right, correct, true; in accordance with what is accepted or authoritatively established as the true view or right practice + dux (l) - leader + Arthur.

book of life - in biblical language the record of the names of those who shall inherit eternal life + lief - a beloved, a dear one.

bogus - counterfeit, spurious, sham + (notebook 1924): 'bogus brother'.

Bolshy - a jocular or contemptuous name for a Bolshevik

somehow + somhaoin (sowin) (gael) - profit, advantage + (notebook 1924): 'soamheis twin' → Siamese twin.

Fawkes, Guy (1570-1606) - Roman Catholic whose plot to blow up the English Parliament with gunpowder is still remembered on the fifth of November + feck (Slang) - to steal. 

conversant - familiar or intimately acquainted with (anything), as a result of having been occupied with it + (notebook 1924): 'conversant with'.

audible - able to be heard, perceptible to the ear

print + ink.

ou (gr) - not + outrage + tragedy.

postcards + scald - ancient Scandinavian poet.

a- (gr) - not, un- + Academy of Letters (Joyce refused Yeats' invitation to join Irish Academy of Letters) + William Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (revolves around two sets of identical twins).

will mayhap

cut one's own throat - to be the means of one's own defeat or destruction

almost + Ormazd and Ahriman - supreme gods of the Zoroastrian religion; good and evil, their conflict is forever + (notebook 1924): 'I was moved to write'. 

potlood (Dutch) - pencil + take the pot luck - to take whatever may be obtained without previous knowledge of what this may be, to take a chance.


paa tryk (Danish) - in print + Patrick.

append - to hang on, to attach as a pendant

twang - a vocal imitation of the resonant sound produced when a tense string is sharply plucked or suddenly released + Mark Twain + (signature).

bogtryker (Danish) - printer + Patrick's + Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, is a character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream that was based on the ancient figure in English mythology, also called Puck. Puck is a clever and mischievous elf and personifies the trickster or the wise knave. In the play, Shakespeare introduces Puck as the "shrewd and knavish sprite" and "that merry wanderer of the night" and jester to Oberon, the fairy king.

ops - military operations + ôps (gr) - eye [(notebook 1924): '*V* eyes open' Gallois: La Poste et les Moyens de Communication 6: 'there is nothing more instructive than to travel to foreign countries to mould a man and to open his heart and his eyes')] + Ops - Roman goddess of fertility, agriculture, wife of Saturn.

Papst (ger) - pope + papist.


neophyte - a new convert, one newly admitted to a church or religious body; one who is new to a subject, a beginner, tyro, novice

specimen speciosum (l) - handsome example, plausible model

specimen - an example, instance, or illustration of something, from which the character of the whole may be inferred

fly - knowing, wide-awake, sharp, cunning

hairy (Slang) - cunning + Genesis 27:11: 'Esau my brother is a hairy man' + Ahriman - Zoroastrian principle of evil.

infra dig. - beneath one's dignity; unbecoming one's position; not consistent with dignity

virulence - extreme acrimony or bitterness of temper or speech, violent malignity or rancour + ultravirulentia (l) - an excessive stench + ultra virulentiam (l) - more than a stench, beyond a stink + infrared/ultraviolet.

piop (pip) (gael) - pipe + (notebook 1924): 'Seth swear by blood of *V*'.