to be able to trot a mouse on it and varr. - said of particularly strong or thick liquid food or drink + tea is so strong you could trot a mouse on it (Irish phrase).

enjoyed + ingoiato (it) - swallowed.

pick - that which is selected; the best or choicest portion or example of anything; the taking of a bit or mouthful of food; a slender or sparing meal

"In order to transform sexual energy into magical energy (ojas), the dormant Fire Snake at the base of the spine is awakened... When the Fire Snake emits its luminous venom, it gushes over and permeates the entire body. This overflow contains ojas, the magical current that electrifies the cerebro-spinal fluid in the region of the sushumna (spinal canal)... The supreme Kala (Mahakala) from the 'feet' of the Goddess is the so-called Elixir of Life that is emitted with the urine, the menstrual fluid, and with the secret or 16th Kala that is identified with the root vibration of the woman selected for the part of the Goddess in the Kaula rite... Rajas, Tamas, Sattva are represented in the Western Occult Tradition by the alchemical principles Sulphur, Salt and Mercury... On the plane of the Fire Snake, Tamas, or Night, characterizes Her first stage: the black chaos of the 'Night of Time' and the 'Serpent of the Slime'. When the Fire Snake stirs (i.e. is awakened) She than sheds the red dust, or perfumes, associated with Rajas. Finally, She attains the calm purity of Her lunar-sattvic essence as She reaches the brain, above the visuddha power-zone. It is on Her backward journey that She collects these essences into One Supreme Elixir and discharges it through the Secret Eye of the Priestess... The practicioners of this Path [Vama Marg] are concerned with the secretions as they flow from the female genitalia..." (Kenneth Grant: Cults of the Shadow)

bully - pickled or tinned beef; companion, 'mate'; a blustering 'gallant'

protestants (Irish) - potatoes (after converts to Protestantism being fed potato soup during the year of the potato blight (1846); or from Irish prátaí: potatoes).



'a taste' (Irish) - a little


salty - tasting of salt; piquant, racy + psaltery - an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre or zither but having a trapezoidal sounding board under the strings.

flavour - a more or less subtle peculiarity of taste distinguishing a substance from others + curry favour.

godown - a swallow of water or liquor (obs.)

savoury - pleasing to the taste; appetizing

condiment - anything of pronounced flavour used to season or give relish to food, or to stimulate the appetite + compliments.

jakes (Slang) - toilet, lavatory, privy + jeames (Slang) - liveried footman, flunkey (jocular) + (spend a penny for the lavatory).

Ho Kosmos (gr) - The Universe

cal ceannfhionn (kal kyanin) (gael) - "white-head cabbage": dish of cabbage and potatoes with butter + colcannon (Irish) - dish of cabbage, potatoes, and butter cooked together + Kabis (Swiss German) - cabbage.

gimme - colloq. contraction of give me

cincinnatus (l) - curly (hence, curly cabbage) + "how in the beginning it came to pass that like cabbaging Cincinnatus the grand old gardener was saving daylight" [030.12-.13]

poco - a little, rather: used in musical directions + ci vuol poco (it) - little is needed.

catholic + Levey & O'Rorke: Annals of the Theatre Royal, Dublin 109: 'Mr. Shean (the immortal "Dan"), when cast for the Italian part of Notario... made a strong appeal that he might be permitted to sing his part in English... "Well... I cannot get over their cheese." Dan alluded to the Italian pronunciation of the letter c'.

haggis - a dish consisting of the heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep, calf, etc. (or sometimes of the tripe and chitterlings), minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned with salt, pepper, onions, etc., and boiled like a large sausage in the maw of the animal.

never say die - never consent or resign oneself to death, never give in + 'Hagios o Theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos' (gr) - 'Holy God, Holy strong one, Holy immortal one' (text of Good Friday Mass).

quid - one pound sterling + quid (l) - what? which? something.

recipimus (l) - we get back, we recover; we receive + Anglican Grace: 'For what we have received...'

recipe (l) - take back! receive!

laut (ger) - loud, sound + O Lord.

(olive oil)

soupmeagre - thin soup, made chiefly from vegetables or fish

vairy - Her. Of a coat, charge, etc.: Varied or variegated with two or more colours; furred with vair + vair (fr) - fur.

furry - of fur, made of fur, lined or trimmed with fur + Joyce's note: 'And she bought him a coat of the very very best' Soldier, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me? (song): 'she brought him a coat of the very, very best and the soldier put it on'.

best - obs. f. beast 

sarve - obs. form of serve + to serve turn - to serve to do something (obs.) + turncoat.

boardcloth - a cloth used to cover a table, a table cloth + 'Remove these baubles!' (Cromwell ordering removal of mace on dissolution of Rump Parliament).

stage - a period of development, a degree of progress, a step in a process

tabler - one who boards persons (obs.)

Huguenot - a member of the Calvinistic or Reformed communion of France in the 16th and 17th c.; a French Protestant

légumes (fr) - vegetables + Samuel Smiles: Huguenots in England and Ireland 313, on Portarlington Huguenots: 'their vegetables were unmatched in Ireland'.

Jeremaiah 31:29: 'The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge' (also Ezekiel 18:2).

ducks + aigre-doux (fr) - bittersweet.

birchen - of, pertaining to, or composed of birch

woman + cowl - Taken as the sign of monkhood, and hence sometimes as = monk + Blumenkohl (ger) - cauliflower.

alb - a tunic or vestment of white cloth reaching to the feet, and enveloping the entire person; a variety of the surplice, but with close sleeves; worn by clerics in religious ceremonies, and by some consecrated kings.

monasticism - the monastic system or mode of life

missal - the book containing the service of the Mass for the whole year; a mass-book

last + ite, missa est (l) - go, the Mass is ended (text of end of Mass)

flitch - the side of an animal, now only of a hog, salted and cured; a 'side' of bacon

rejoice - to gladden, make joyful, exhilarate (a person, his spirits, etc.)

chambers of heart (Joyce's note) → Swedenborg: Angelic Wisdom Concerning the Divine Love paragraph 127: 'the brain is divided into two hemispheres, the heart into two chambers'.

spirit - a liquid of the nature of an essence or extract from some substance, esp. one obtained by distillation

SPICE ISLANDS - an island group in East Indonesia; from the 16th century a source of spices, esp nutmeg, mace, and cloves + spice isle (Slang) - privy, fundament. 

curry - a pungent dish of vegetables or meats flavored with curry powder and usually eaten with rice

cinnamon - the inner bark of an East Indian tree, dried in the sun, in rolls or 'quills', and used as a spice

chutney - a strong hot relish or condiment compounded of ripe fruits, acids, or sour herbs, and flavoured with chillies, spices, etc.

clove - the dried flower-bud of Caryophyllus aromaticus, much used as a pungent aromatic spice (usually in pl.) + CAC CAC + cac (Irish) - crap.

vitamine (notebook 1922-23)

sozzle - to mix or mingle in a sloppy manner + (notebook 1924): 'sozzled'.

chewing + tune.

hormones + harmonies.

clinkclank - to make a clink-clank sound + klingklang (ger) - ding-dong + Klingel (ger) - bell, ring.

oinos (gr) - wine + Steak and peas and bacon and rices and onions on duckling and (if you replace the x's with consonants and the o's with vowels) cabbage and boiled protestants (an Irish term for "potatoes").


stuffing + Falstaff.

posthaste - haste or speed like that of one travelling 'post'; great expedition in travelling

rounds - a series of actions that recur in routine

draw - to move or make one's way towards a place, to come near, approach

terminus - the end of a line of railway; also, the station at the end; the place at which a tramline, bus route, etc. ends.

Cill-dubh-duin (kildudun) (gael) - Black-fort-church; village, Co. Sligo; anglic. Killadoon.

Leitir nGiuis (let'ir nush) (gael) - Hillside of a Firewood; village, Co. Galway; anglic. Letternoosh.

Leitir Peak (let'ir pik) (gael) - Hillside of the Peak (English word); village, Co. Galway; anglic. Letterpeak. 

Leitir Muc (let'ir muk) (gael) - Hillside of Pigs; village, Co. Derry; anglic. Lettermuck.

Leitir an Anama (let'ir unoneme) (gael) - Hillside of the Soul; hill, Co. Donegal; anglic. Letterananima.

roomy - of ample dimensions; capacious, large + Castletown House said to be the largest private house in Ireland.

item - an article or unit of any kind included in an enumeration, computation, or sum total

extraprofessional - Of things: outside the course of professional duties + (notebook 1924): 'unstamped extra fee' Gallois: La Poste et les Moyens de Communication 283: 'Stamping became obligatory to some extent, since the unstamped letter is still delivered to its recipient, but struck with a double postage fee').

postage - the amount charged for carrying a letter or postal packet; originally, that paid to a post messenger

'Thaddeus Teig' (notebook 1924) + Judas Thaddeus - apocryphal brother of Jesus.

squire - a country gentleman or landed proprietor, esp. one who is the principal landowner in a village or district


printed matter (Joyce's note)

jook - to evade, elude, 'dodge', by ducking, bending, or springing aside + Juke and Kallikak - American families of supposedly-hereditary degenerates.

milk - to get money out of, 'bleed' pecuniarily; to exploit, turn into a source of (usually) illicit profit

turnkey - one who has charge of the keys of a prison; a jailer, esp. a subordinate + turkeys.

suck the blood of - (fig.): to exhaust the resources of, drain the life out of

marshalsea - a prison on the south bank of the River Thames in Southwark, now part of London. From at least 1329 until it closed in 1842, it housed men under court martial for crimes at sea, including those who had committed "unnatural crimes" + Marshalsea Prison, Dublin (debtors' prison).

first offender - a person who is convicted of a criminal offense for the first time

redletter day - a saint's day or church festival indicated in the calendar by red letters; hence, any memorable, fortunate, or specially happy day + "For certain rituals it is also important that the woman's own vital energies should be at their peak, and that she should be menstruating. Indian tradition has it that on different days of the month a woman's sexual sensitivity, which is related to cosmic movements by her own periods, needs to be triggered by special attention to different parts of her body." (Rawson: The Art of Tantra)

365 windows Castletown (Joyce's note) Freeman's Journal 21 May 1924, 7/2: 'The Burning of Moore Hall': (of Moore Hall) 'The letting was not, as had been claimed, worth £1,000 a year. Only four or five mansions in Ireland fetched £1,000 per year. One was Muckross Abbey, and another was Castletown, one of the finest residences in the country, with 365 Windows' (i.e. a window for every day of the year) + "According to the secret tradition of the Kaulas, the Kala Chakra or Wheel of Time, is identical with the Shri Chakra or Yantra of the Supreme Goddess. In other words, the woman's body - the repository of the electro-magnetic kalas - is diagrammatized in the form of a time-chart. As there are 365 days in the year, so also are 365 kalas or rays of effulgence emanating from the Path of Goddess." (Kenneth Grant: Cults of the Shadow)

machree - my dear + Widow Machree - Lover poem in which reasons for marriage are urged on the widow.  

stump - to dig out by the roots + stamp + "The continious and murderous antagonism between the Cult of Set and the later solar cults of Osiris and Ammon who represented the 'Father in Heaven', as man represented the father upon earth, resulted in Egypt's gradual dissolution. Gerald Massey has shown that the record of strife and bloodshed caused by this initial rift in the earliest religious consciousness of humanity resulted in the total silence of history concerning those dynasties in which the Typhonians held supreme sway." (Kenneth Grant: Cults of the Shadow)

rattattat - the sound of repeated knocking; also freq. used to represent the noise of reports from fire-arms