tittit (Danish) - peekaboo! + (onomat.)
title - a descriptive or distinctive appellation; a name, denomination + (title of Finnegans Wake was unknown during composition).
Ballymacarret - an industrial district on Belfast Lough, which, with MacArt's Fort on Cave Hill, North-West of Belfast, is named for Brian MacArt O'Neill, slain 1601 by Lord Deputy Mountjoy; Gael. Baile Mic Gearoid (bolye mic garod'): Town of the son of Gerald (i.e., Fitzgerald).
thru = through + SDV: Hello there. Ballymacarett! Am I throu thru, o mess miss? / True! / Hello hello! / Zin. Comment, six heures? Up zin. Ecoute, Charles! Godasses de qui? Up zin. O la la! Ca c'est fort. Up zin. Up zin. Oui, mon petit. Mais oui, mon petit. Petitzin. Petitzin. Petitzin. Petitzin.
act drop - In a theatre: The painted curtain let down between the acts of a play to shut off the stage from the view of the audience [Joyce's note: 'act drop' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 5: 'Act-drop. -- The painted scene lowered to indicate the end of an act, or the termination of the play. This scene has been replaced by tableaux curtains in most theatres].
stand by! - Naut. Often in imperative = be ready! + stand by - to stand near at hand [Joyce's note: 'stand by' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 28: 'Stand By. -- Direction by the stage manager to the stage staff to be ready to change scenery, or work effects. It also means for the actors to remain in their places for calls at the end of an act or the end of the play].
blinder - a blinker for a horse. Also fig., an obstacle to clear judgement or perception; Usu. pl. [Joyce's note: 'blinders' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 7: 'Blinders. -- A strip of low-power lamps placed in front of the footlights in the auditorium to prevent the audience seeing the stage during a black out'].
juice - In figurative uses: usually denoting the essence or 'spirit' of something [Joyce's note: 'juice' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 18: 'Juice. -- The electric current'].
foots - footlights [Joyce's note: 'foots' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 15: 'Footlights, or Foots. -- The electric or other lights in front of the stage. They should be divided into at least three different colours if electric light is used'].
cigar - the brown colour of a cigar + SEGUR - Paris telephone exchange. In the late 1920's, James Joyce's telephone no was Segur 95.20.
shank - that part of the leg which extends from the knee to the ankle; Also (now jocularly) the leg as a whole; chiefly pl. one's legs + Segur cinquante-huit (fr) - Segur 5008 (phone number)
gobble - to swallow hurriedly in large mouthfuls, esp. in a noisy fashion + Dublin's + Gobelins quarante quinze (fr) - Gobelins 4015 (phone number).
parfey - by (my) faith, verily, truly + parfait (fr) - perfect + SDV: Now just permit me for a moment. Now hello there. Dingle beach. Now very good. Now about this massacre & so on. Do you remember the that night after following the fair day. / Y Well. /
jiff = jiffy - a very short space of time
siesta - an afternoon rest or nap; esp. that commonly taken during the hottest hours of the day in tropical countries
Challanger Deep - in the Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean. The deepest spot yet disovered in anu ocean: 11.735 m.
child's play - Applied to anything that involves very little trouble, or is of very little importance.
sounding - fig. Investigation.
swish - smart, elegant, fashionable + Swiss + swash channel - a narrow sound or CHANNEL of water lying within a sandbank, or between a sandbank and a shore.
due - fated, inevitable, expected in logical course of events, scheduled
truce - a suspension of hostilities for a specified period between armies at war
demob - colloq. abbrev. of demobilize (v.)
swearword - a word used in profane swearing, a profane word + svar (Danish) - answer.
Sybil = Sibyl - one or other of certain women of antiquity who were reputed to possess powers of prophecy and divination; a prophetess, a fortune-teller, a witch.
SYBIL HEAD - Promontory at West end of Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry; Gael. Ceann Sibeal (kyoun shibel) (gael) - Isabel's Head.
baby spot - a small spotlight [Joyce's note: 'baby spot' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 6: 'Baby Spot. -- A small metal box containing a lens, grooved for coloured mediums, and a small power lamp. Used for lighting portions of the stage needing special direct light, and for lighting the faces of the actors from short distances. Its portable form makes it a very useful electric unit'].
luke - lukewarm (moderately warm, tepid)
crying - calling for notice, acute + crying cold - a cold that makes the eyes run.
moisten the lips, throat, etc. - to refresh oneself with liquor
lightning - gin; Also, any strong, freq. low-quality, alcoholic spirit + lightning strike - a sudden strike which takes place without any warning + Lucky Strike - a famous brand of American cigarettes.
flicker - a wavering unsteady light or flame [Joyce's note: 'flickers' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 14: 'Flickers. -- A circular slotted metal disc with different coloured mediums, and revolved by hand in front of an arc or high-powered lamp to flood the stage with a flickering light of various colours for dances'].
dimmer - a device for reducing the brilliance of a light, esp. in a theatre [Joyce's note: 'dimmers' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 12: 'Dimmers. -- Electric resistances for checking the stage lighting. They are made of iron wire cased in metal frames or of lead terminals immersed in weak acid contained in large earthenware pots'].
Penzance (or "holy headland") - Town, Cornwall, South-West England, on English Channel. PICTURE of Cornish langage shift.
vehement - Of persons, their character, etc.: Acting, or tending to act, in a manner displaying passion or excitement.
Delhi - the name of the capital of India
expulse - a synonym of expel; sometimes expressing more strongly the notion of violence + newspapers: Irish Times, Irish Independent, Freeman's Journal, Daily Express.
somewhere in the Pacific
discontinuous - not continuous in space or time; interrupted, intermittent + let's continue.
24/6 fires all over I- (Joyce's note) → midsummer bonfire festivals (especially on the eve of 24 June) were once universally observed all over Europe, including Ireland + SDV: There were fires bonfires fires on every bald hill in [holy] Ireland that night?
bald - Of trees, mountains, etc.: Leafless, treeless, barren, bare + (notebook 1924): 'bald hills *E*'.
cove - a small bay, creek, or inlet where boats may shelter + Jove.
bonfire - a fire of bones, a great fire in which bones were burnt in the open air (obs.); a fire in which to consume corpses, a funeral pile, a pyre; a large fire kindled in the open air for a celebration, display, or amusement.
Bonifacius (l) - "Handsome-Face": apostle to the Germans + bona fide + bonfires + SDV: You may say they were. [Bonfires, no less!] With blue beards streaming to the heavens. /
smoke = beard of the fire (notebook 1924)
high - of lofty, elevated, or superior kind; high-class + SDV: Was it a fine night now? / Finest night mortal ever beheld. /
white night - a sleepless night; a night when it is never properly dark, as in high latitudes in summer [(notebook 1924): 'white night'] + White Knight - character in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
finest night mortal ever saw... (notebook 1924) → Connacht Tribune 24 May 1924, 3/3: 'Midnight Raid. Farmer Robbed by Armed Men': 'Cross-examined by Dr. Comyn... Was the night dry? - It was the finest night that ever mortal saw. - Was there rain down in the house? - Plenty'
host - to receive (any one) into one's house and entertain as a guest; to gather into a host, to assemble in battle array, to encamp
Murtagh of Tirconnell - in 941 conducted the first midwinter campaign in Ireland and won the name "... of the Leather Cloaks." The campaign was called "The hosting of the frost" + flos (l) - flower, blossom.
ghost - to flit about, prowl as a ghost
Andean - of, pertaining to, or resembling the Andes
Balkan - peninsula bounded by the Adriatic, Ζgean, and Black Seas
Lord's + SDV: Was there rain by any chance? / Plenty. /
carol - a ring-dance with accompaniment of song; a song or hymn of religious joy + Lewis Carroll.
mister + Missstand (ger) - nuisance + mist and dew + (notebook 1924): '...was there rain in house?...'