stump - Applied to a person: A blockhead + stop + stump (Archaic) - to brag, to boast.

(readers of Finnegans Wake as creators)

ex agmin (l) - out of the multitude + examination

incarnation - assumption of, or existence in, a bodily (esp. human) form + incamminare (it) - to put on the right road.

warping - fig. The action of distorting or perverting from the right course or direction, or the fact of deviating or going astray + Our Exagmination round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress - collection of essays on Finnegans Wake published during its composition.

declaim - to speak aloud with studied rhetorical force and expression; to recite with elocutionary or rhetorical effect

arra - variant of arrah + a Dhia ara (Irish) - O God now (interjection) + SDV: Arrah, weren't they coming in their centuries for to pay their [firstrate] respects to him [in his reunited magazine], the grand old Mac Guiness Mor boot kings and [indiarubber umpires] and sultana raisins [& jam sahibs] and shahs from Paisley and the Cesarewitch [for the currant counter] riding upstairs up the holy staircase muleback hindquarters front before holding [hard on to] his national anthem Horsey, keep your tail up and jam sahibs and an odd princess in her petticoat and the queen of Indian [playing] clubs and the Claddagh ringleaders and Salame, the tetracha, and the Hava Ham [and four two fat Maharashers] and the German silver geyser all & he polished off gorgeous [& tintinabulating by himself] in German silver and J. B. Dunlop, the tyrant of his time, and French wine stuarts and Tudor keepsakes & as much as the lift vacant throne room could hold at once safely accomodate of the house of Orange and Bitters permeated by druids and flockoolaghs flahoolags and bretons and anteparnellites and all murdering Irish out of one another their boon companions for to nobble [& or salvage] a their bit of him, the poor old [basiloose,] Doddering Dodderick O'Comick O'Gonach Wreck, lying high [as he was lay [with his buttend up for sale & after inspection]] [astounded superastounded [, as it was,] at [thus] being] reduced to to nothing.

clandestine - a clandestine or underhand proceeding + clans destinies.

imband - to form or enrol into a band + embalmment + embodiment.

ad regias Agni dapes (l) - to/at the royal feast of the Lamb (breviary hymn used on Low Sunday)

bawler - one who bawls; sometimes applied contemptuously to a declamatory preacher + Faugh a Ballagh (song) + fag a bealach (Irish) - clear the way.

panhibernians + berserkers.

crack - pre-eminent, superexcellent, 'first-class'

lean - Of seasons, etc.: Characterized by scarcity.

The Scalp - a pass south of Dublin + jagger - a pedlar, a hawker + Jäger (German) = jager (Dutch) - hunter.

Howth + headhunters.

musicals + messiacal (Obsolete) - messianic.

scarlet - a brilliant vivid red colour, inclining to orange (scarlet is the colour worn by cardinals, among others)

trainful - as much or as many (goods or passengers) as fill a railway train

twoedged - having two edges; esp. of a sword, axe, etc., having two cutting edges, one on each side of the blade + Revelation 1:16: 'two-edged sword'.

petard - a type of firecracker + Matthew 16:18: 'tu es Petrus'.

totalling - computing, amounting to

legate - an ecclesiastic deputed to represent the Pope and armed with his authority

prelate - an ecclesiastical dignitary of exalted rank and authority, as a bishop, archbishop, metropolitan, or patriarch + prelapsarian - pertaining to the condition before the Fall + prae lapsu (l) - before the fall.

aggregate - constituted by the collection of many particles or units into one body, mass, or amount

decimus (l) - tenth + undecim (l) - eleven + undecim et centum (l) - one hundred and eleven.

centry - obs. form of sentry (one who or something which keeps guard like a military sentry) + centuries.

insider - a person who is within the limits of some place, society, organization, etc.; hence, one in possession of special information, one who is 'in the secret'

extra omnes (l) - outside of all, apart from all

tuttifrutti - a confection of mixed fruits

cunctus (l) - all together; the whole

Rath Garbh (ra gorev) (gael) - Rough Fort; S. Dublin district

Rath Iomghain (ra omgen) (gael) - Iomghan's Fort; town, Co. Kildare; anglic. Rathangan.

TERENURE - District, South Dublin, between Harold's Cross and Rathfarnham. Formerly called Roundtown.  

RUSH - Village and seaside resort, County Dublin, 18 miles North of Dublin.  

APPIAN WAY - Lat Via Appia, the 1st paved Roman road, built 312 BC, South-East from Rome. Dublin's Appian Way extends South-West from Upper Leeson Street in Ranelagh + Afri (l) - Africans.

parade - a public walk, square or promenade

sogar (German) - even + besure - be sure; you may be sure; ? surely, certainly.

wally - an unfashionable person; one who is foolish, inept, or ineffectual; Also as a mild term of abuse.

NEW SOUTH WALES - State, South-East Australia; capital is Sydney. Discovered 1770 by Captain Cook; a penal colony was established 1788 at Botany Bay; more than one Irish patriot was transported there + North and South Walls of the Liffey river, Dublin. 

VICO ROAD - The shore road from Dalkey to Killiney, along Dublin Bay, South-East of Dublin. It intersects Sorrento Road.

Mespil Road, Dublin

Rock Road, Blackrock

Sorrento - the name of an Italian town in the province of Naples + SORRENTO - Sorrento Road runs South-East from the center of Dalkey to Vico Road. The Clifton School, Dalkey, where James Joyce taught for 4 months in 1904, was on Sorrento Road.  

lure - something which allures, entices, or tempts

weal - wealth, riches, possessions (obs.)

oppidum - fortified town + oppidum (l) - town + epidemics

esperance (fr) - hope + sala de espera (sp) - antechamber, waitingroom.

keel - that part of anything which corresponds in position, form, or otherwise to a ship's keel + keel (Dutch) - throat.

kraal - a village of Southern or Central African native peoples, consisting of a collection of huts surrounded by a fence or stockade, and often having a central space for cattle, etc. (from Afrikaans) + kraal (Dutch) - bead + Graal (Holy Grail).

lode - a vein of metal ore

flock - to gather in a company or crowd, to congregate

afeared - affected with fear or terror; frightened, afraid

gunner - one whose office it is to work a cannon

Merrion - district of Dublin

Dun Droma (dun drume) (gael) - Fort of a Ridge; S. Dublin suburb; anglic. Dundrum.

Lucan - Dublin environ on the Liffey

BATTERY PARK - On the South tip of Manhattan, New York City + BATTERSBY AND CO - Estate agents and auctioneers in Dublin for more than a century, long (but no longer) at 6 Westmoreland Street. 

Kremlin - the citadel or fortifed enclosure within a Russian town or city; esp. that of Moscow, which contains the imperial palace and various public buildings + Croimghlinn (krumlin) (gael) - Crooked Valley; S. Dublin district; anglic. Crumlin.

boyard - a member of a peculiar order of the old Russian aristocracy, next in rank to a knyaz or 'prince', who enjoyed many exclusive privileges, and held all the highest military and civil offices.

burg - a town or city + Phibsborough - district of Dublin.

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."   

Finn-glas (finglos) (gael) - Clear Stream; village and stream N. of Dublin; anglic. Finglas.

BALLYMUN - Village, North Dublin suburb on road to Naul 

Rath Eanna (ra ene) (gael) - Enda's Fort; N.E. Dublin suburb; anglic. Raheny + maniacs.

battler - one who battles or fights; a warrior, a fighter + Bettler (ger) - beggar.

contemplate - to look at with continued attention; to consider attentively, meditate upon

manifest - a public proclamation or declaration, an open statement; the list of a ship's cargo, exhibited at the custom house

firstrate - of the highest class or degree of excellence

duty - the action and conduct due to a superior; homage, submission; due respect, reverence


thieve - to act as a thief, commit theft, steal; to steal (a thing)

roué - one who is given to, or leads, a life of pleasure and sensuality + vive le roi! (fr) - long live the king!

yr - your

usque ad inferos (l) - all the way to those below, to the dead, even unto the dead + uisce (ishki) (gael) - water + infernus (l) - hell.

ebrius (l) - drunk + usque ad ebrios (l) - as far as the drunkards, even unto the drunk + usque ad Hebraeos (l) - even unto the Hebrews.

licensed premises - an establishment for consummation of alcoholic beverages

bazar - an Oriental market-place or permanent market, usually consisting of ranges of shops or stalls, where all kinds of merchandise are offered for sale; a fancy fair in imitation of the Eastern bazaar.

reunite - to unite or bring together again

Guinness + 'Grand Old Man' - Gladstone + SDV: to pay their [firstrate] respects to him [in his reunited magazine], the grand old Mac Guiness Mor boot kings and [indiarubber umpires]

mór (Irish) - great + Mag Aonghuis Mor (mogenyish mor) (gael) - Great son of Aonghus ("single-choice" [god of love]).

Persee = Parsee (obs.) - one of the descendants of those Persians who fled to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution, and who still retain their religion + Persse O'Reilly.

Brian Boru was called 'Brian of the Tributes'

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicholas (1844-1908) - Russian composer + sec (French) - dry.

poppa = papa + popcorked - provided with a cork which pops when drawn + pop of cork + (a dry wine from the Rhine, e.g. Riesling).

Peter the Great

Dunker - a member of a body of German-American Baptists, who administer baptism only to adults, and by triple immersion; corruption of Dunkirk

durbar - the court kept by an Indian ruler; a public audience or levee held by a native prince, or by a British governor or viceroy in India; the hall or place of audience

indiarubber - the coagulated juice of certain trees and plants of South America, Africa, the East Indies, etc., which forms a highly elastic and flexible substance, used for rubbing out black lead pencil marks, and for many purposes in the arts and manufactures; also called caoutchouc.

umpire - one who decides between disputants or contending parties and whose decision is usually accepted as final; an arbitrator + emperors.

shah - a Persian title equivalent to 'king'

Paisley - the name of a town in Renfrewshire, Scotland, used attrib. or absol. to designate a garment or material made there or having the curvilinear design characteristic of cloth made there, or the pattern itself + Persia.

mufti - a Muslim priest or expounder of the law

muslin - the general name for the most delicately woven cotton fabrics, including many varieties, used for ladies' dresses, curtains, hangings, etc. Also occas. a dress made of this; pl. muslin skirts.

sultana - the wife (or a concubine) of a sultan + Sultana raisin - a kind of small seedless raisin.

raisin - a grape partially dried, either in the sun or by artificial means; (Chiefly pl.); the dark purplish-brown colour of raisins + reine (fr) - queen.

jordan almond - a fine variety of almond, now coming chiefly from Malaga

Jam - a hereditary title of certain princes and noblemen in Sind, Kutch, and Saurashtra + Ranji ("Jam Sahib") - Rajput cricketer, played for England, made over 3,000 runs. 

sahib - a respectful title used by the natives of India in addressing an Englishman or other European (= 'Sir'); a gentleman

odd - Of persons, their actions, etc.: Strange in behaviour or appearance.

principessa - an Italian princess [(notebook 1924): 'principessas']

petted - treated as a pet or favourite, made a pet of, made much of + SDV: and jam sahibs and an odd princess in her petticoat and the queen of Indian [playing] clubs

In bridge, the suits rank clubs (lowest), diamonds, hearts, spades (highest).

Cladach (kladokh) (gael) - Stony seashore; fishing settlement in Galway town: The Claddagh + (notebook 1924): 'Claddagh ring' Connacht Tribune 24 May 1924, 4/3: (advertisement) 'Corrib Lever Watches and Leading Novelties in Jewellery and Silverware At DILLON'S Makers of the Claddagh Ring' + Traditional Irish Claddagh rings display two hands (friendship) clasping a heart (love), with a crown (loyalty) above it, so named after a fishing village near Galway.

ringleader - one who takes a leading place or part among a body or number of persons whose character or conduct is reprehensible; esp. a leader, a chief instigator or organizer, of a mutiny, tumult, etc.

salaam - the Oriental salutation (as) salam (alaikum), Peace (be upon you) + Salome - daughter of Herodias who got the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Play of Wilde's which Beardsley illustrated, opera of Strauss's + salame - kind of sausage + SDV: and the Claddagh ringleaders and Salame, the tetracha,

halfa - the North African name of species of Esparto grass (Stipa tenacissima, S. arenaria) used in the manufacture of paper, etc. + half a ham (meat).

khan - the specific title given to the successors of Chingiz Khan, who were supreme rulers over the Turkish, Tartar, and Mongol tribes, as well as emperors of China, during the middle ages.

maharaja - the title of certain Indian princes + rasher - a thin slice of bacon + SDV: and the German silver geyser all & he polished off gorgeous [& tintinabulating by himself] in German silver

geyser - an intermittent hot spring, throwing up water, etc. in a fountain-like column + Kaiser - the German Emperor (from 1871) + "The 'ticker' on a small bed table in HCE's room is a watch which at 52.06 is a 'repeater' and at 516.18 merges with a gun as HCE's pocket browning. 497.35-6, where it is a 'German selver geyser...' tells us that it is silver and either German or Swiss. It is family heirloom and symbol of authority; in a sense HCE's authority is being challenged by the cad who, beginning with the account of I/2, asks him for the time." (John Gordon: Finnegans Wake: a plot summary).

polish up - to bring to a highly developed, finished or refined state, perfect

pro tem. - for the time, temporarily + protemptible = false opposition of contemptible (exhibiting or expressing contempt, full of contempt) + the German Kaiser called the British Expeditionary Force in World War I 'contemptible'.

tintinnabulation - a ringing of a bell or bells, bell-ringing

selfish + Seffridges - London department store.  

J B Dunlop '88 (notebook 1924) Irish Independent 10 Jun 1924, 3/3: (advertisement) 'Since the late J.B. Dunlop invented his first famous tyre in Ireland in 1888, Dunlop tyres have been constantly improved'.