fishy - resembling a fish; Of the eye: Dull, vacant of expression.

Cam-inse (kominshi) (gael) - Curving water-meadows; Dublin district.

crofting - 'the state of being successively cropped; the land itself which is cropped in this way'

not all there - lacking common sense of good judgement, not quite right in the head + "In portraying a man "knock[ed] out" and "tropped head," who "is not all there, and is all the more himself since he is not so", Joyce is "giving unsolicited testimony on behalf of the absent... to those present" (173.29-31). As he put it in a letter to Herriet Shaw Weaver, joking about her account of a large dinner party, "the tangential relationships, the spiral progressions and the presence of the absent remind me of something which perhaps I wrote or ought to have written"." (John Bishop: Joyce's Book of the Dark).

Green Man (notebook 1924)

gaily - cheerfully, joyously, festively

inside out - so that the inner side becomes the outer + Skin-the-Goat - Invincible, keeper of the cabman's shelter in "Eumaeus" + Brian O'Linn (song): (his breeches had) 'The skinny side out and the woolly side in'. 

reparation + rapaire (ropire) (gael) - robber, snatcher; 18th c. Irish outlaw; anglic. rapparee + apparitions + (notebook 1924): 'turn coat to avert ghosts *V*'.

socks outside boots (notebook 1924) Crawford: Thinking Black 72: 'the same negro... quite solemnly he produces an old pair of socks and wears them outside his boots'.

go for - to set out, leave, start for (a destination) + Joyce's note: 'mixed with public going for groceries' Connacht Tribune 5 Jul 1924, 5/2: 'The Secret of the Garden': (of a man accused of murdering his aged mother) 'the accused seldom mixed with the public, or went out, except when he was going for groceries'.

grocery - a grocer's shop

greats (Oxford Colloquial) - final B.A. examination (especially for Honours in Literæ Humaniores)

get - what is begotten; an offspring, child + The former Entrance Examination at Cambridge University (first B.A. examination) was nicknamed the "Little Go" + gets (Irish) - bastards. 

catgut - the dried and twisted intestines of sheep, also of the horse and ass

wemble - var. wamble (to turn and twist the body about, to roll or wriggle about)

accoutrement - apparel, outfit, equipment. Almost always in the pl., clothes, trappings, equipments. Milit. The equipments of a soldier other than arms and dress.

tabernacle - a place of worship distinguished in some way from a church; a dwelling-place, a dwelling, a place of abode + tobar (tuber) (gael) - well, spring + II Samuel 6:14: 'David danced before the Lord' (i.e. before the tabernacle).

Lugh Lamhfhada (lu lavode) (gael) - name of god of sun and genius: Lugh of the Long Arm.

bramble - a rough prickly shrub; spec. the blackberry-bush (Rubus fruticosus) + bramble (Slang) - lawyer + The last major reference in Lovecraft's fiction to Azathoth was in 1935's "The Haunter of the Dark", which tells of "the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose center sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demonic flute held in nameless paws.".

lawyer - a long bramble (dial.); Also in New Zealand, etc., applied to certain creeping plants.

something + forget-me-nots.

Basque - a native of Biscay + back

beret - a round flat woollen cap worn by the Basque peasantry

drôleries (fr) - buffooneries + adultery.

Lord + Luna + Moon.

wait till I tell you! (Irish) - mark my words!

Snooks - a proper name or familiar appellation applied to a hypothetical person in a particular case; also, any individual person + sure

get out - imp. = 'Go away', 'be off' (expressing disbelief, dissent, or a desire to hear no more).

striking - that strikes the attention of an observer; producing a vivid impression on the mind; telling, impressive, unusually remarkable

ur - obs. or dial var. our + ursprog (Danish) - original language.

progress + brogue - a strong dialectal accent (especially Irish) + Ur-Sprache (ger) - original language.

unhindered - not hindered or restrained + one hundred and odd times - more than one hundred times.

dumb show - significant gesture without speech; In the early drama, A part of a play represented by action without speech, chiefly in order to exhibit more of the story than could otherwise be included, but sometimes merely emblematical + Tom Thumb - American dwarf exhibited by P.T. Barnum.

lately - not long since, recently

billet - Mil. An official order requiring the person to whom it is addressed to provide board and lodging for the soldier bearing it + Billett (ger) - ticket.

barrack - a set of buildings erected or used as a place of lodgement or residence for troops

horneys (Slang) - police, policemen + Children’s game: Horneys and Robbers (i.e. cops and robbers).

O'Conaill (o'kunil) (gael) - descendant of Conall ("high-powerful") + Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin.

illude - to mock, make sport of, deride (obs.); to evade, elude (obs.); to trick, deceive with false hopes

Pekin - a name originally given by the soldiers under Napoleon I to any civilian

elude - to escape by dexterity or stratagem (a blow, attack, danger, or difficulty); to slip away from, escape adroitly from

O'Conchobhair (o'konukher) (gael) - descendant of Conchobhar ("high-will").

treat - an entertainment of food and drink, esp. one given without expense to the recipient

brush up - to brighten up by brushing, to furbish up; also fig. to refresh one's acquaintance with anything + 'wash and brush up' - notice in English men's conveniences + SDV:  — [Brush yr memory up a bit.] Was he wearing false clothes [for the occasion]? / — [I am sorry to have to tell you] They were all falling off coming down off him. / — Cast yr eyes around now. Tell us now as briefly as you can how the whole thing happened. / — First he wanted a match. Then counting 30 seconds and cursed at him to know who burned the hay which the man knew nothing about. / — In other words, Was that how it all the funeral sports began? / — Like that. Truly. — All the same You will swear you saw their shadows struggling & kicking up the [fallen] leaves [for the wind]? / — I will. / — And this pootsch went on night after night according to you? For years & years perhaps. / — That's right. / — D'yu mean to tell us the on your oath [my lad], yer mune was shining night after night for years and years when you swore [to it perhaps] a while back [the other way about] there was plenty of rain alla the time? / — Perhaps so. I never thought about it, faith. / — Will you swear [to it [& recant] to your 2nd sight now that all you swore to then was false? / — I swear to it now that it was then.

memories + (notebook 1924): 'il brosse la mémoire (preach)' (French he brushes the memory).

pater - familiarly used for father (chiefly in schoolboys' slang) + (Yawn's father).

demented - out of one's mind, crazed, mad + dearly lamented.

brick-layer (or mason) - a craftsman who lays bricks to construct brickwork

qua - in so far as; in the capacity of

arc - an arch (Cf. Fr. arc de triomphe) (obs.) + (rainbow)

covenant - a mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain acts + Ark of the Covenant - chest, described in Book of Exodus as solely containing the Tablets of Stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed.

methodist - Applied contemptuously to a person of strict religious views + Polonius: [Aside] Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.

BOOTERSTOWN - District, South-East Dublin, on shore road to Blackrock. It was on the Dalkey, Kingstown, and Blackrock tram line. The earliest name was "Ballybothyr," "town of the road," Ir. bothar, anglic. "booter," "batter," or "boher."  

William Shakespeare


forker - one who throws up (hay, etc.) with a fork; dockyard thief (Slang) + forger - an author or creator; Now only in bad sense, a fabricator, inventor (of false stories, etc.) + fucker.

hawk - to carry about from place to place and offer for sale; to make an effort to clear the throat of phlegm, to clear the throat noisily

crannock - an old unit of capacity (few bushels) + crannog (kranog) (gael) = crannock (Anglo-Irish) - piece of wood, chest, box.