Sirius - a fixed star of the first magnitude, the chief of the constellation Canis Major or Great Dog, and the brightest in the heavens; the dog-star; for the Egyptians, its rising marked the beginning of their new year + seriously

selene (gr) - moon

"Phrase by phrase, the Unas text reads: "Draw it back, Babi! / Open the two shutters of heaven! / Open for Unas / Above the flame beneath the iknt / Of the Neters"." (John Anthony West: The Serpent in the Sky)

securius indicat umbris tellurem (l) - more securely he points out the earth to the shadows or by the means of the shadows + securus iudicat orbis terrarum (l) - untroubled, the earth judges + Securus iudicat orbis terrarum, bonos non esse... (l) - 'The calm judgment of the world is that those men cannot be good who in any part of the world cut themselves off from the rest of the world' (St. Augustine) + indico (l) - reveal + umbra (l) - shadow + teluris (l) - earth.

immersion - Astron. The disappearance of a celestial body behind another or in its shadow, as in an occultation or eclipse + (baptism).

drought - thirst (arch. and dial.) + doubt

Anno Domini - in the year of the Christian era; in the year since (the reputed date of) the birth of Christ + dominae - a woman of rank + amnis Dominae (l) - the Lady's river.

Carraigidh (korigi) (gael) - Rocky-hills; anglic. Corriga, etc. in place-names + corrach (korokh) (gael) - morass, marsh + Cork.

purty - repr. Irish and U.S. local pronunc. of pretty + 1132.

jorn = adjourn + Crazy-headed John - Russian folk ballad, Chaliapin's best-selling record in the ' 30s, so Mr Atherton says.  

bulve or (more precisely) bulvė (Lithuanian) - potato

Flute - bellows-mender who plays Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Dublin argot, "flute" means "penis." In Letters ( I, 277), Joyce speaks of "my magic flute," meaning his muse or his 'oeuvre' + Flut (ger) - flood + "Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes. (H.P. Lovecraft : The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath)

Orkan (ger) - hurricane + Orkhon - second sultan of Turkey, who organised the Janissary sytem and had many sons + fruitful as his organ.

ex ungue leonem (l) - to draw lion according to his claws (reconstruction of whole from part) + leno (l) - pander, pimp.

jamb - upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame + Jim + James + Shem.

Dolphin's Barn - district of Dublin

TOPHET - a location in Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, where the Canaanites sacrificed children to the god Moloch by burning them alive. The Hebrew Bible also mentions what appears to be child sacrifice practiced at a place called the Tophet ("roasting place") by the Canaanites, ancestors of the Carthaginians. Tophet became a synonym for hell.

Nijinsky (1890-1950) - Russian dancer + Knie (ger) = knie (Dutch) - knee + knez (Serbian) - duke, prince + (Joyce performed strange dances when drunk).

chorepiscopal - belonging to a chorepiscopus or country bishop of the early church + choreios (gr) - pertaining to a choral dance.

colander - a vessel, usually of metal, closely perforated at the bottom with small holes, and used as a sieve or strainer in cookery + calendar + kolo (Czech, Serbian) - round-dance.

vice - evil, immoral, or wicked person; a character in a morality play representing one or other vice + "His name is Azathoth, the blind god that explodes without end, and from his death the manifested worlds are born; and planets, stars, suns, and their inhabitants. It is him who is seated on the twofold throne. It is him who invests Yog-Sothoth with his matter. Yog-Sototh, formless matter, ceaseless illusion... He is at the Threshold and part of the Threshold. His face is multitude of Rainbow spheres and they circle one around the other." (Frank G. Ripel: Sauthenerom)

taran (Cornish) = taran (Welsh) - thunder + Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay (song).

pree - to make proof or trial of; to try what (a thing) is like, esp. by tasting + see

prance - to dance, gambol, caper

polka - a lively dance of Bohemian origin, the music for which is in duple time

wop = whop - to beat, strike + hops + waltz.

Piedigrotta - church in Italy built miraculously in one night

schrei (ger) - to cry, shout + You Should See Me Dance the Polka (song): 'You should see me dance the polka, / You should see me cover the ground, / You should see my petticoats swinging / As my partner whirls me round'.

skimpy - stinted or stunted in some respect, lacking the proper fulness or size

skirp - to behave with contempt; to mock, deride (obs. rare.)

corumbás (Portuguese) - distant or forgotten place + rumba + Christopher Columbus (birthplace probably Genoa).

czar - formerly the usual spelling of tsar + czardas, csardas - a Hungarian dance.

devilish - excessively, exceedingly, enormously: originally of things bad, but in later use a mere coarse intensive + whirling dervishes (religious sect noted for their whirling dance).

ricordo (it) - memory + se mi ricordo (it) - if I remember + Teems of times and happy returns, the seim anew, ordovico or viricordo (motif).

Taglioni - a family of ballet-dancers in the early 19th c. + Pantaglione - Pantaloon in the Commedia del Arte [.21]

leaf (shaking)

bounding - a leaping or springing, esp. in an elastic way + boiling

prisk - ancient, primitive + priscus (l) - old.

Papageno and Papagena - low comedy in Mozart's Magic Flute + [Poppa]genua (l) - [Poppa]knees.

palsied - affected with palsy, paralysed; fig. deprived of muscular energy or power of action; rendered impotent; tottering, trembling

Priam - last king of Troy, character of Homer's, Shakespeare's

Edwin Hamilton - writer of libretti for Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, famous for Christmas pantomimes

pantaloon - the Venetian character in Italian comedy, represented as a lean and foolish old man, wearing spectacles, pantaloons, and slippers

OROPUS - Ancient Greek city bteween Boeotia and Attica. The site of the Oracle of Amphiaurus nearby contained a theater, whose proscenium is well-preserved.  

ROXY THEATER - In Central Manhattan; New York City's biggest and best-known movie theater in the 1920's and 19 30's + Oedipus Rex (l) - Swollen-foot the Ruler: tragic king of Thebes.

panta rea (gr) - everything flows + Rhea - wife of Cronus, mother of Zeus and other gods.

Gaiety Theatre in South King Street, Dublin

tripod - spec. A three-legged vessel at the shrine of Apollo at Delphi, on which the priestess seated herself to deliver oracles. Hence allusively, the Delphic oracle; any oracle or oracular seat + tripudio (l) - to leap, stamp, dance (as religious exercise) + tripudiate (Archaic) - dance for joy.

aria - a connected succession of musical sounds in expressive rhythmical arrangement; a piece of music of this nature to be sung or played as a 'solo,' with or without a distinct harmonized accompaniment; a melody + area.


reel - to revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines + Thomas Moore, Irish Melodiessong: They May Rail at This Life [air: Noch bonin shin doe].


bonum (l) - a good, a blessing

shindy - a general commotion, a noisy row, uproar

lullaby + lily + bil (Dutch) - buttock + 'What are little girls made of, made of?... sugar and spice and all things nice' (nursery rhyme).


trist - sadness, sorrow, affliction + Tristan

threne - a dirge or lamentation

trine - a group of three, a triad

take back - to carry back in thought to a past time; to go back, return ? (obs. exc. dial.) + Thomas Moore, Irish Melodiessong: Take Back the Virgin Page [air: Dermott].

Diarmaid (d'irmid') (gael) - Freeman; hero of Toraidheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghrainne + Darm (ger) = darm (Dutch) - intestine, gut.

graunt mercy = gramercy - thanks; thank you + Grainne (grani) (gael) - Grain/Spearpoint; heroine of Toraidheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghrainne.

quibus (Dat., Abl., pl.) (l) - to, for or by, with, from whom

sideline - the standpoint of persons not immediately participating

pace - with all due respect to; by the leave of (a person); Used chiefly as a courteous or ironical apology for a contradiction or difference of opinion.

to the fore - to or in the front, to or in the most important to most noticeable position

amnesty + amnesia.

metamorphize - to change in form; to turn to or into something else by enchantment or other supernatural means + Fuss (ger) - foot.

jerksome - characterized by jerks or sudden abrupt or twitching movements; often fig., spasmodic

lubber - a big, clumsy, stupid fellow; esp. one who lives in idleness

dilirious - characterized by wild excitement or symptoms resembling those of delirium + Ulysses.17.1686: 'flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict'. 

unsteadily - in an unsteady manner

Kerry - a county in the S.W. of Ireland; Gael. Ciarraighe (kiri): "Race of Ciar ("black").

quadrille - a square dance, of French origin, usually performed by four couples, and containing five sections or figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

Lios Tuathail (lis tuhil) (gael) - Tuathal's ("people-mighty") Fort; town Co. Kerry.

lancer - pl. The name of a species of quadrille. Also the music proper to this dance.

mastersinger - Anglicized form of meistersinger (German lyric poets and musicians in the 14th to 16th centuries organized in guilds and having an elaborate technique; (sing.) a member of such a guild).

consecutive - following continuously; following as a consequence or effect + (composers supposed to avoid consecutive fifths).

white elephant - fig. A burdensome or costly possession (from the story that the kings of Siam were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance). Also, an object, scheme, etc., considered to be without use or value.

pedestalled - provided with, set upon, or having a pedestal (the base on which an obelisk, statue, vase, or the like is erected) + podestŕ (it) - head of medieval free city.