sagart (Irish) - priest 

laud (l) - praise + Selbstlaut (ger) - vowel.

nonobstant - notwithstanding + nihil obstat (l) - nothing stands in the way, nothing prevents (form of approval by Church censor).

Catlick (Dublin Pronunciation) - Catholic + Roman Catholic.

patrician - of noble or high birth or rank; noble, aristocratic

coat of arms - a coat or vest embroidered with heraldic arms; a shield, escutcheon + FDV: I can point to my patrician coat of arms always.

cresta (it) - crest [Her. A figure or device (originally borne by a knight on his helmet) placed on a wreath, coronet, or chapeau, and borne above the shield and helmet in a coat of arms] + tripennifera crista (l) - three-feather-bearing crest (three ostrich feathers on badge of Prince of Wales).

caudal - of or belonging to the tail; situated in or near the tail

motto - a short sentence or phrase inscribed on some object, and expressing a reflection or sentiment considered to be appropriate to its purpose or destination

ichthyal - of, pertaining to, or characteristic of fishes + ich dien (ger) - I serve.

sauer (ger) - sour + Gaspey, Otto, Sauer - Edmund Wilson mentions these as German publishers of a teach-yourself-foreign-language series under the editorship of Pietro Motti, Knight of the Crown of Italy

ego (l) - I + ecco stesso (it) - behold the same (self).

personal + (notebook 1924): 'only Xian names of tenants in Domesday Book'.

yod (Hebrew) - hand (name of letter, equivalent of I) + you'd.

bozhe bozhe (Russian) - O God, God

moy (Irish) - plain + moi bog (Russian) - my God + FDV: And it was mine is the only proper name to be found in all doomsday book. Suckat.

Domesday - a Middle English spelling of doomsday, day of judgement, now commonly used as a historical term, in the following: Domesday Book, colloquially Domesday: the name applied, from the 12th c., to the record of the Great Inquisition or Survey of the lands of England, their extent, value, ownership, and liabilities, made by order of William the Conqueror in 1086.

hasta la vista (sp) - goodbye, au revoir

allemande (fr) - German + alle Mann (ger) - everyone + alleman (Dutch) - everyman.

SIEMENS SCHUCKERT - German electrical equipment firm; it constructed the power station of the Shannon hydroelectric works at Ardnacrusha, and FW credits it also with the lighthouses at Arklow and Wicklow + Sucat - St Patrick's baptismal name. Joyce links it with Succoth, the Feast of the Tabernacles. This is a harvest festival of rejoicing, at which booths - Succoth means "booths" - are built to commemorate the sojourn in the wilderness + suchet (ger) - search. 

FDV: — Suck it yourself on your lonesome, sugarstick? who Who wants to look at your sore toe? What about the yr bloody old bottlewasher of an old fellow? [What about the old peachlover, [esquire earwugs?] (The Swaaber!] The twicer! Bloody curse to him! Who was his best friend?), if you know what I mean. + SDV: — Suck it yourself, sugarstick. Who's asking to look at your sore toe? What about your bottlewasher of an old fellow tell us? What about the old bonafide peachlover, esquire earwugs? How big was his best friend? The swaaber! The twicer! Bloody curse to him!

sugar stick - a stick of sweetstuff; also fig.; penis (Slang) + (notebook 1924): 'give us a suck of your sugarstick and I'll show you my sore toe'.

wisha - an exclamation indicating dismay, emphasis, or surprise + misha (Russian) - a bear.

Yid - a (usu. offensive) name for a Jew + you'd.

Lucat-Mael - druid defeated by Saint Patrick (blasphemed the trinity and has his brains dashed out) + look at.

'All done up like a sore toe' describes someone dressed over-elaborately; many New Zealand children go barefoot much of the time, and it is with this circumstance in mind that we must interpret the simile + sore - Of parts of the body: In pain; painful, aching. Now spec., having the skin broken or raw.

gaspy - having a tendency to gasp

ichthys (gr) - fish + ich dien (ger) - I serve (motto of Prince of Wales) [.03]

tosser - Literally, one who masturbates. Common usage typically refers to anyone of whom you have a low opinion + have you a tosser (sixpence).

gag - a 'made-up' story; a piece of deception, an imposture, a lie

plebs - the common people of ancient Rome + God be praised.

voyou - a street urchin, a lout or hooligan + vowels and consonants.

hacker - a 'cutter', cut-throat, bully + Harry

blanche - obs. form of blanch (white, pale) + Blanche of Lancaster - mother of Henry IV + The York and Landcaster Rose, is half white, half red in the leaves: but in Heraldry it is a white Rose, in a red Rose; Wars of Roses: Lancaster (red), York (white) + (*VYC* and *IJ*).

speach(e - obs. forms of speech

d'anglais (fr) - of English

sprechen (ger) - to speak + sprechen Sie Deutsch? (ger) - Do you speak German? + "Pidgin is described as “sea Djoytsch”." (Karl Reisman)

oy - an exclamation used by Yiddish-speakers to express dismay, grief, etc. Occas. in wider use; Also oy vay, vey + I say (imitating English accent).

bozhe bozhe (Russian) - O God, God + blasé - bored or unimpressed through over-familiarity or excessive hedonism.

bothersome - troublesome, annoying

baddy - a criminal or desperado (cf. bad man), esp. a villain in a play or film, esp. a western; hence gen. (as a jocular designation), a person of bad character

BALLYJAMESDUFF - Town, County Cavan. Percy French wrote "Come Back, Paddy Reilly, to Ballyjamesduff / Come home, Paddy Riley, to me," in response to a challenge that he work the name into a song.  

cum - with + come

rowly = rawly

thruppenny - repr. colloq. or dial. pronunc. of threepenny + tripennifer crista - three-feather-bearing crest (three ostrich feathers on badge of Prince of Wales) [.02]

croucher - one who crouches + SDV: What about your bottlewasher of an old fellow tell us?

vingtetunième (fr) twenty-first + vaunt (Archaic) - boasting + one and only.

Master Mark [383.01]

spira in me Domino (l) - breathe into me by the Lord + spero in te Domine (l) - I hope in thee, o Lord + Vulgate Psalms 21:8: 'speravit in Domino': 'trusted on the Lord'.

spare + spare me (or my) days! - an exclamatory ejaculation + (mock translation).

bona fide - acting or done in good faith; sincere, genuine

peachloving (notebook 1924) + peach and pigeon lover.

esquire - a man belonging to the higher order of English gentry, ranking immediately below a knight; As a title accompanying a man's name + (notebook 1924): 'Esquire Bedall'.

escusado (sp) - privy + excusado (sp) - privileged, exempt.

'The War of Jenkins' Ear' - conflict between Great Britain and Spain that lasted from 1739 to 1748. Its unusual name, coined by Thomas Carlyle in 1858, relates to Robert Jenkins, captain of a British merchant ship, who exhibited his severed ear in Parliament following the boarding of his vessel by Spanish coast guards in 1731.

teanga (Irish) - language + Joyce's note: 'ivyleaf under tongue = deafness'.

telephone + dull (Dialect) - hard of hearing, deaf.

boost - a lift, a shove up; help, encouragement + FDV: What about the old bonafide peachlover, esquire earwugs? How big was his best friend?

shanghai - Naut. slang (orig. U.S.). To drug or otherwise render insensible, and ship on board a vessel wanting hands + Shanghaied - a 1915 Charlie Chaplin film.

swabber - one of a ship's crew whose business it was to swab the decks, etc. + swabber (Archaic) - a low fellow, acting like a sailor (a term of contempt) + (notebook 1924): 'voice of Swaabs' → Martin: Saint Colomban 37: 'the steps and the voices of Suevians' (a German nation).

twicer - one who does something twice; a crook, liar, cheat

trifold - threefold, triple + trefoil (shamrock).

Wanst (ger) - belly + one.

Lord's + bloody curse to it (Joyce's note).


outerly - in an utter or extreme degree, entirely, absolutely; in an outward direction, towards the outside + otherly + (in the outer ear).

herum (ger) - around + hear him.

lubber - a clumsy fellow (especially a clumsy sailor) + differently + (in the labyrinth of the inner ear).

nightmare + Nachtmahl (ger) - supper.

inner ear'd + herinneren (Dutch) = erinnern (German) - to remember + eer (Dutch) - honour.

heerd - obs. form of herd + Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye (song): 'With drums and guns, and guns and drums, / The enemy nearly slew ye'.

heer (Dutch) - lord + hardly hear.

Hoang-Ho river shifted channels in 1851, over level country, into the bed of the Tsing river + O, A, I, E, U.

Chin-chin - Anglo-Chinese phrase of salutation deriving from 'ts'ing ts'ing' + "By the Magazine Wall, zinzin, zinzin".

angry + anglais (French) - English + FDV: — Me damfool guemguem me allsame topside tellemastory fella savvy one time me cry plenty much boohoo pickanini, say one time goddam sowbelly cowbellyma'am belongame she pullame one time pickanini jackinabox belongaher me plentymuch boohoo.

mo - more + mo (it) - now + SDV: — Me guemguem damfool. Me no savvy allsame numpa one topside tellmastory fella. Me savvy one time. Goddam cowbellymaam belongame she pullameout pullamealong one time pickaminy jackinabox jackinaboss belongaher me savvy same time me no guemguem damfool me plenty much boohoo.

lingua (l) - language + yellowman's lingo (Pidgin).

nicey - nice

Luke (Saint Luke was a physician)

pidgin or pidgin language - simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. It is most commonly employed in situations such as trade, or where both groups speak languages different from the language of the country in which they reside (but where there is no common language between the groups). Fundamentally, a pidgin is a simplified means of linguistic communication, as it is constructed impromptu, or by convention, between groups of people. A pidgin is not the native language of any speech community, but is instead learned as a second language. A pidgin may be built from words, sounds, or body language from multiple other languages and cultures.

ludimentum (l) - plaything, toy + rudiments.


Topside - the upper or ruling classes, the Establishment; Freq. attrib. passing into adj. + topside (Pidgin) - superior.

fella (Pidgin) - fellow (serves numerous grammatical functions, such as plural marker or intensifier)

savvy - practical sense, intelligence; to know; to understand, comprehend + a me piace sapere (Italian) - I like to know + sorry.

singsong - a ballad, a piece of verse, having musical rather than poetical qualities, esp. one of a monotonous or jingling character + {I am sorry, I shall sing a song another time}

joss (Pidgin) - God

ma'am - a colloquial shortening of madam + FDV: goddam sowbelly cowbellyma'am belongame she pullame one time pickanini jackinabox belongaher


lahm (ger) - lame + SDV: Goddam cowbellymaam belongame she pullameout pullamealong one time pickaminy jackinabox jackinaboss belongaher me savvy same time me no guemguem damfool

jack in a box - children's toy that outwardly consists of a box with a crank. When the crank is turned, it plays a melody, often "Pop Goes the Weasel". At the end of the tune, the lid pops open and a figure, usually a clown or jester, pops out of the box + (his brother).

boohoo - a word imitative of the sound of noisy weeping or laughter + FDV: me cry plenty much boohoo

Confucius: The Elements

much + tuto un mucio (Italian Dialect) - all messed up, all piled up.

thot - repr. a U.S. pronunc. of thought + Thoth - Egyptian god of wisdom and letters + FDV: This Thot's never the postal cleric. Are you Roman road Road Catharick Cawtharick 432?

cleric - a clergyman + postal clerk - a clerk in a post office + SDV: — That's never the postal cleric. Are you Roman Cathoric 432?

chin chin - casual or trivial talk; a phrase of salutation; Also used as a drinking toast + Joyce re Chin, Hin: "A Chinese student sent me some letterwords I had asked for. The last one is E (laid on the back). It means 'mountain' and is called "Chin", the common people's way of pronouncing Hin or Fin". 

Nippon - Japan + nipper - a close-fisted, miserly person.