promiscuous - having many sexual relationships, esp. transient ones + Prometheus Unbound - play by Aeschylus.
fiammella (it) - little flame + female.
diva - a distinguished female singer, a prima donna + diva (it) - goddess.
huff - to blow hard and loudly + huff - in checkers, to remove an opponent's piece for failing to perform a capture; also, to simply capture an opponent's piece in chess or checkers.
blackout - Theatr. The darkening of a stage during a performance; temporary complete loss of consciousness + Joyce's note: 'black out switch' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 7: 'Black-Out Switch. -- The master switch on the stage switchboard which controls every light on the stage'.
circus - a circular arena surrounded by tiers of seats, for the exhibition + Joyce's note: 'circus' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 10: 'Circus. -- "To circus" a scene is to turn it round to get it in the opposite direction to which it was set. It also applies to rostrums, or pieces of furniture if they need a change of direction'.
corridor - a main passage in a large building, upon which in its course many apartments open + Joyce's note: 'corridor' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 10: 'Corridor. -- A scene painted on a cloth to represent a corridor. It was frequently used in past times to allow of an elaborate scene being set behind it, and to save time. It was usually used within 6 feet of the footlights, leaving the rest of the stage free to work on'.
flat - Theat. A part of a scene mounted on a wooden frame which is pushed in horizontally or lowered on to the stage; flat pieces of scenery.
spotlight - Theatr., a lamp used to cast intense illumination on a small area of a stage; also, the light cast by such a lamp.
cloth - Theat. The curtain which separates the auditorium from the stage. Also, a large piece of painted scenery, etc.
spill - a diffusion of light, esp. beyond the area intended to be illuminated + Joyce's note: 'the spill of her lamp' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 27: 'Spill. -- The area of effective lighting of a lamp' + spille (Danish) = spiel (German) - play.
rake - a way, path; esp. a rough path over a hill, a narrow path up a cleft or ravine
bridge (Joyce's note) → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 8: 'Bridges. -- Sections of the stage that can be raised or lowered when a scene necessitates the alteration of the level of part of the stage. The bridges work in a wooden frame and are counterweighted. When not in use they are lowered below the stage level and covered by the "Sliders."'.
haying - the process of making and storing hay + king (piece in chess).
queue - a number of persons ranged in a line, awaiting their turn to proceed, as at a ticket- office + queen (piece in chess).
FDV: The house Any porterhouse This old burgh looks a thing incomplete but it will be fine head of porter when it is finished. The arkwright put in a staircase certainly: it has only one step to take be steady but all the more they are they going upstairs tiltop. Tell me something. The Porters so to speak are very nice people, are they not? Very. Mr. Porter (behind heavy man, astern, in mackerel shirt) is an excellent father forefather and Mrs Porter (leading lady [ahead apoopahead], in sarfron bun saffron bun nightdress) is a most kindhearted mother messmother. They care for nothing except what is porter porterose. One can see that they come of a very old family by their costumes. I think I begin to divine your point meaning somehow.
humbug - something intended to deceive + Old Hundredth - a hymn tune which first appeared in the Geneva psalter of 1551 and was later set to Psalm 100 in the 'old' metrical version of the Geneva Psalter (hymn 166 in 'Hymns Ancient and Modern'); the psalm itself.
on its dead (Joyce's note) → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 12: 'Dead. -- When a cloth is newly hung it is lowered until it hangs level, the bottom batten just touching the stage floor. It is then said to be "on its dead." It is also used to denote that any hanging scene or border is suspended level in its place.
pawn - to deposit with or hand over to some one (usually a pawnbroker) as security for the repayment of a loan; a chess piece of lowest value + FDV: but it will be fine head of porter when it is finished.
quick time - Mil. A brisk rate of marching consisting of about 120 paces of at least 30 inches each in a minute.
ark - obs. form of arch + wright - one who works in wood; a carpenter, a joiner + (architect) + FDV: The arkwright put in a staircase certainly:
chequered - marked like a chess-board + "The northwest wall, opposite the bed [in HCE and ALP's room] is the one with the door going out to the hall and 'chequered staircase' leading up to children's rooms. (John Gordon: Finnegans wake: a plot summary)
In chess, the pawn and the king have a one square step
notwithstanding - nevertheless, still, yet
stalemate - Chess. To subject to a stalemate.
backgammon - to defeat at backgammon, or by winning a backgammon
trestle - transf. and fig.: esp. (pl.) applied to the legs
til (Danish) - to + FDV: it has only one step to take be steady but all the more they are they going upstairs tiltop.
double corner - one of two diagonal white fields in the corner of the chessboard
whist - to become or be silent, cease or refrain from speaking, hold one's peace; to play whist
game - to amuse, please, give pleasure to; to play at games of chance for a prize, stake, or wager
scenic artist - a painter or designer of scenery for the stage + Joyce's note: 'scenic artist' → Fay: A Short Glossary of Theatrical Terms 21: 'Pallette. -- A large board with wooden boxes round the sides and back, in which the scenic artist keeps his dry colours. With size as a medium he mixes the dry coloura to the consistency he needs for his painting'.
realter - to alter again + realta (Irish) - star + altar.
ringing + ingang (Dutch) - entrance.
limen - the limit below which a given stimulus ceases to be perceptible; the minimum amount of stimulus or nerve-excitation required to produce a sensation + limen (l) - threshold + limon (fr) - mud.
Bog (Pan-Slavonic) - God
magie (fr) - witchery, magic + magasin (fr) - shop + the daddy of them all - the best or finest example of something pleasant or unpleasant + By the Magazine Wall, zinzin, zinzin (motif).
chump - a short thick lump of wood sawn off from timber; fig. A man as unintelligent as a chump of wood + "Sackerson's attendant emblems are fire - he is 'torchbearing supperaape' (221.07) - a bottle, the knives which is his job to grind (141.15-6), and, since he is pub's handyman, various tools, especially a hammer. Handyman though he may be, he is anything but handy. He is 'Chump' who has to be ordered, 'Do your ephort', a 'pigheaded Swede' (517.05), often drunk, a lazy 'lizzyboy' (530.21) always needing to be roused. No wonder the paragraph which introduces him in I/6 (141.08-27) is intermittently an advertisement for his replacement." (John Gordon: Finnegans Wake: a plot summary).
effort + ephoros (gr) - overseer, guardian, ruler + Joyce's note: 'Eve f - by ape'.
ado - to do
ominous - of doubtful or menacing aspect or appearance + homme (fr) - man.
yesse - obs. f. yes
noggin - a small mug or cup; a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint; the human head (Slang) + noga (Serbian) - leg.
begrave - to bury (a corpse, treasure, etc.); to engrave, to ornament with graved work + nogen er begravet (Danish) - someone is buried + engraved.
beneden (Dutch) - below + Binn Éadair (Irish) - Howth + beneath her.
naggin = variant of noggin - a small drinking vessel; a mug or cup.
Aladdin's lamp - a magic lamp whose genie could grant any wish of the holder
Bluebeard - wife-killer in a story of Perrault's, in an opera by Dukas and Maeterlinck
booty - that which is taken from an enemy in war; the collective plunder or spoil + beauty
beast + bedst (Danish) - best.
fordo - to destroy, ruin, wreck (a place or thing) (arch.)
newly - very recently or lately, within a very little time (before that spoken of) + Anglican Grace: 'For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful'.
Joyce's note: 'Shadow
Stealer = photographer' → A photographer is by native Africans called
shadow-stealer [Crawford: Back to the Long Grass 198: 'This is the
great reason why a normal negro objects to be photographed; a man's photo is
called his shadow and to steal his shadow is obviously to steal his spirit, to
steal the real inner man. No mere crotchet this; there is a specific verb,
Kushendula = to steal one's shadow, the photographer's title being the
shadow-stealer'] + "Do not let my BA be trapped,
Do not let my KHAIBIT be fettered, let the way be opened for my BA and my KHAIBIT, may it see the Great God [WESIR]." (Chapter XCII of the BOOK OF COMING FORTH BY DAY)
newspapers + bagger - one who encloses in bags; spec. a miser (obs.) + FDV: Tell me something. The Porters so to speak are very nice people, are they not? Very.
forlike (Norwegian) - reconcile, accommodate + alvorlig (Danish) - serious + four like.
talt (Danish) - counted, told
on this wise - in this way
Bartholomew - name of one of the twelve apostles, the festival in whose honour is held on the 24th of August; on this day, in 1572, took place the great massacre of the Protestants in France + Bartholomew Vanhomrigh - father of Swift's Vanessa.
astern - at the stern or rear of (a ship); in the rear, behind + (behind her).
Joyce's note: 'hayamat (hairy)' + hajamat (Hungarian) - my hair + Heimat (ger) - home.
peruke - a periwig or wig
forefather - an ancestor, a progenitor + FDV: Mr. Porter (behind heavy man, astern, in mackerel shirt) is an excellent father forefather
leading lady - the chief actress in a theatrical company or a film + (before him).
poppyhead - the capsule of the poppy + poop - the aftermost part of a ship, the stern; a stupid or ineffectual person, a fool + poppekop (Dutch) - doll's head + FDV: and Mrs Porter (leading lady [ahead apoopahead], in sarfron bun saffron bun nightdress) is a most kindhearted mother messmother.
O'Gamhna (o'govne) (gael) - descendant of Gamhain ("calf"); anglic. Gaffney + saffron - the orange-yellow colour of saffron.
nightdress - a night-gown or other dress intended for wear during the night
iszap (Hungarian) - mud
chevelure - a head of hair; specif., a coiffure + Chapelizod.
pater et mater (l) - father and mother
papel (Portuguese) - paper
masterkey - a key that will open a number of different locks, each of which has its own key that will not open any of the rest + key (Slang) - penis.
lock (Slang) - vulva + wedlock - state of being husband and wife.
bally - a euphemism for bloody, used as a vague intensive of general application; 'jolly', 'confounded' + bally- (Irish) - town-.
streamline - line of flow, a fluid line
corpo di Bacco! (it) - by Jove! + porto (it) - port + da (it) - from + Brozzo - village, Italy.
ken - to descry, see; to discover by sight; to know, understand, or perceive (a fact, etc.)
costume - the mode or fashion of personal attire and dress; a complete set of outer garments + FDV: They care for nothing except what is porter porterose. One can see that they come of a very old family by their costumes.
toegeven (Dutch) - to admit, to give into the bargain, to add gratis, to give in
sup - fig. To have experience of, to taste.
Tonart (ger) - musical key
zest - fig. Something that imparts a relish, savour, or piquancy; a piquant quality which adds to the enjoyment or agreeableness of something + A to Z.
divine - to make out by sagacity, intuition, or fortunate conjecture; to obtain insight into what is future or unrevealed by auguries, portents, magical or occult devices + FDV: I think I begin to divine your point meaning somehow.
snakke (Danish) - talk, chatter
hable - early form of able + hablo (sp) - I speak + as soon as I'm able.