wellington - a waterproof boot usu. reaching the knee, worn in wet or muddy conditions; Usu. pl.; Used to designate other articles of clothing introduced by the Duke, or named after him, as Wellington coat, hat, trousers.

arrah - an expletive expressing emotion or excitement, common in Anglo-Irish speech

passkey - a key that will open any of a number of locks, a master-key + In Boucicault's Arrah-na-Pogue Arrah's foster brother escaped from prison with help of a message she passed to him in a kiss.

fluff - light, feathery, flocculent stuff, such as the downy particles that separate from dressed wool

tackle - to set about dealing with ("I'll try to tackle this difficult task"); to seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball, in American football

Love thy neighbour as thyself (Leviticus 19:18)

scent + fragrant saint (notebook 1924) Crawford: Thinking Black 102: (of a fellow missionary) 'So the fragrant saint died at his post'.

villain - an unprincipled or depraved scoundrel; a man naturally disposed to base or criminal actions, or deeply involved in the commission of disgraceful crimes

pepper - to 'heat', to excite to anger or other strong feeling (obs.)

goodless - devoid of good; comfortless; worthless + goodness gracious! - exclamatory phrase, in which the original reference was to the goodness of God.

whisper + hviske (Danish) - whisper.

SHIP HOTEL AND TAVERN - It was at 5 Lower Abbey Street. In Ulysses, Stephen is to meet Buck Mulligan there, but doesn't ("- The Ship, Buck Mulligan cried. Half twelve.") 

Mountjoy Square, Dublin

disrespect - an act showing disesteem or irreverence; 'an act approaching to rudeness' (obs.) + (Joyce's note): 'show my disrespects'.

just - to adjust

caroline - a very tall silk hat + Lewis Carroll (characters in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Cook, White Rabbit, Pig, Queen of Hearts).

stalk - to walk with stiff, high, measured steps, like a long-legged bird; Usually with disparaging notion, implying haughtiness, sullenness, indifference to one's surroundings, or the like + talks

County Louth, Ireland + over and over - repeatedly, many times over + louder and louder.

imitating + immutate - unchanged + immuto (l) - I alter.

everybody + apery - pretentious or silly mimicry; a pretentious imitation + Ulysses.18.1204: 'hes always imitating everybody'.

Robert Herrick: Bid Me to Live (song) + two-love (tennis score; 'love' is zero).

yours for ever for fun (notebook 1931)

Deargail (d'argil) (gael) - Red; stream near Bray, Co. Wicklow + The Dargle Run Dry (song).

whoever - an emphatic extension of who, implying perplexity or surprise

utmost + ulmus (l) - elm + Ulm (ger) - elm + Joyce's note: 'ell = ulna' → Clodd: The Story of the Alphabet 92: 'certain parts of the body, e.g.... forearm (Latin ulna, Anglo-Saxon eln, whence "ell")... remain standards of measurement' + Sometimes ell is used as a synonym for the cubit.

elbows + elm.

stele - obs. f. steal (v); an upright slab bearing sculptured designs or inscriptions + stêlê (gr) - block of stone + Joyce's note: 'stele' → Clodd: The Story of the Alphabet 105: 'For a long time the earliest known example of hieroglyphic writing... was a mutilated stele or monumental tablet'.

as stone + steel our hearts of stone.

amara (it) - bitter (feminine) + O'Hara.

make it up - to be reconciled after a dispute, to become friends again

befriend - to act as a friend to

(notebook 1931): 'write down your name with a gold pen & ink' ('r' of 'your' not clear) Gomme & Sharp: Children's Singing Games, Set V, 19: ('circle' game) Green Gravel: (lyrics) 'I write down your name with a gold pen and ink'.

Freud's + fraud + Jungfrau (ger) - virgin + (notebook 1923): 'Is has a dream - it is interpreted by Jung' (Joyce refused in 1919 to be analysed by Jung; Lucia was to be, but only in 1934).

Messbuch (ger) - missal + mes songes (fr) - my dreams + mensonge (fr) - lie, falsehood.

telepath - an adept in, subject of, or believer in telepathy + telegraph.

dulcet - sweet to the eye, ear, or feelings; a dulcet note or tone

isinglass - a firm whitish semitransparent substance, a form of gelatin + Tristan sent messages carved on bark and twigs to Isolde, informing her he was waiting at a tree beside the stream, by dropping them into a stream which ran through her chamber [.25] (related in Bédier: Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut 65 ('Le Grand Pin')).

mort - dead + to be the death of - something that kills, or renders liable to death; often hyperbolically.

Libanus (l) - Lebanon + libanos (gr) - incense (Maronites) + cedars of Lebanon.

sycamores + amour (fr) - love.

cypresses + cyprus (l) - a tree growing in Cyprus.

ask (Danish) - ash

Hertzian waves - radio waves + Herz (ger) - heart.

von (ger) - of

flavin - yellow

ahoy - a nautical call used in hailing

Bosporus - strait (bogaz, "throat") uniting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara and separating parts of Asian Turkey from European Turkey


splash - the act or result of suddenly and forcibly striking or dashing water or other fluid; the sound produced by this

twick - to pull sharply or suddenly; to twitch + Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (nursery rhyme).

Saturday + sartor (l) - a tailor.

lex (l) - law + Leixlip ('salmon leap') on the Liffey river + W.S.J. Joyce: The Neighbourhood of Dublin 323: (quotes an anonymous 19th century poem about Sunday morning excursions outside Dublin) 'Or Leixlip smiling on the stream below'.

four in hand - a vehicle with four horses driven by one person

month's mind - a mass for a deceased celebrated one month after his death, reminding the congregation of Purgatory + "as Satadays aftermoon lex leap smiles on the twelvemonthsminding?" [280.07-.08]

dear + Dean Swift.

thee (Dutch) - tea

Valhalla + Thingvellir - seat of Icelandic Parliament.

teacake - a light kind of flat cake to be eaten at tea + D.B.C. - Dublin Bread Company + The Letter: lovely present (parcel) of cakes.

süsser (ger) - sweeter

black currant - a small round edible black berry that grows in loose hanging clusters

resemble - to bring together or collect (obs.) + Balfe: The Bohemian Girl: Then You'll Remember Me (song from John McCormack's Repertoire).


Candlemas - the feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (or presentation of Christ in the Temple) celebrated with a great display of candles; the date of this feast, February 2nd + Joyce was born on Candlemas (2 February).

joey - a young child

ennoy - to be ruffled in mind, troubled, vexed