obelisk - a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top; a type of monument specifically characteristic of ancient Egypt + obelisque (fr. slang) - penis.

via - by way of, by a route, through the medium of

ROCK ROAD - The main Dublin-Blackrock Road, along the shore of South Dublin Bay. 

myle = mile

John Knox - (1505-72) the Scottish Reformer who was mainly responsible for establishing the Presbyterian Church + nix

furlong - eighth part of an English mile + FDV: to Dunleary Obelisk, via the Rock, 8 miles Irish.

General Post Office, O'Connell Street


paces + FDV: to the general post to the General Post Posting Office 2 miles,

memorial - a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

league - an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles) + Alfred Lord Tennyson: The Charge of the Light Brigade i: 'Half a league onwards' + FDV: to the Wellington Memorial, 800 yards,

Sarah Bridge, Dublin

hundred and ninety metres + FDV: [to Sara's Bridge, 600 yds,]

to the point - (of speech or writing, or transf. of the speaker or writer): Apposite, apt, pertinent + pointer (Slang) - penis.

yard (Archaic) - penis + FDV: to the point, 1 yard,

unfettered - not restrained or limited, free

leer - to look obliquely or askance, to cast side glances. Now only, to look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression in one's eye.

set up - to provide (a person) with means, to place in a position of prosperity or in the way of retrieving one's fortune + Budge: The Book of the Dead lxix: (of the setting up of the Tet) 'the solemn ceremony of setting up of the... backbone of Osiris, was performed each year'.

unfettered - not confined or restrained by fetters. Chiefly in fig. use: Unrestrained, unrestricted.

cascade - Usually, a small waterfall; esp. one of a series of small falls, formed by water in its descent over rocks, or in the artificial works of the kind introduced in landscape gardening.

o moi bog (Russian) - o my God + "When will they reassemble it? O, my back, my back, my bach!" [213.17]

backbone - the spine

buttercup + bunting - a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc. + Joyce's note: 'Old Hunting Cap (O'Connell)' → Gwynn: Munster 38: 'The builder of Darrynane... was a Daniel or Donal who married a daughter of the O'Donoghues — another great Kerry clan. This lady — Máire Dubh — was a fruitful mother of children — she bore twenty-two of them and brought twelve to full age; but she was also notable as a poetess in the Irish tongue. Her second son, Maurice, inherited Darrynane, and was known all over the country as Hunting Cap O'Connell, for a tax was put on beaver hats, and from that day he wore nothing but the velvet cap in which he was used to hunt hare and fox on the mountains of Iveragh. Daniel O'Connell, his nephew, was a great votary of that sport, and I have talked with a man who had hunted in his company'

pinky - small, diminutive, tiny + The phrase 'never wet the tea' (FW 585.31) is equally applicable to not coming or wearing a condom, or indeed perhaps both, and there are many sightings of a condom in this chapter + FDV: At what do you leer? I leer because I must see a buntingcap so pinky on the ponk ponkt.

glover - one who makes or sells gloves + glovar (Russian) - leader + lover's meeting.

burgess - an inhabitant of a borough; a citizen, freeman of a borough

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

grosses (ger) - a big thing + great gross - twelve gross.

pink - to ornament (cloth, leather, or the like) by cutting or punching eyelet-holes, figures, letters, etc.; to adorn, beautify, deck (obs.) + FDV: [It is for a nice greeting and many burgesses uses to [pink it [in this way.]]

tete a tete - a private conversation or interview between two persons; the name of some special types of sofa, settee, etc., made of such a shape as to enable two persons to converse more or less face to face + Tet - upright tree trunk containing or representing body of Osiris (Budge: The Book of the Dead liv).

sacred roof tree, symbol of Osiris

gunning - the practice or art of firing guns + König (ger) - king + Elizabeth and Maria Gunning - Irish sisters who married English aristocrats, subjects of popular enthusiasm in 18th century Dublin.

céad míle fáilte (Irish) - 100,000 welcomes

Humpty Dumpty + umpty - fig. Of a person, place, or circumstance: unpleasant + dumpty - short and stout; deficient in length or stature.

bemerk je (Dutch) - do you notice?

hangover - a thing or person remaining or left over; a remainder or survival, an after-effect + Hanover, Royal house.

streamer - long strip of cloth for decoration or advertising; light that streams ("streamers of flames")

influx - the process of flowing in

lying - the action of lie in various senses; resting, reclining, being sick, etc.

abroad - out of the home country + REFERENCE

Gilbert and Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore (song): 'I'm never known to quail / At the fury of a gale / And I'm never never sick at sea' (Captain Corcoran's song).


mock - (with a verb, with the humorous sense) 'pretendingly' + Mock Turtle - character in 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland'.

nan - a grandmother; occas., a children's nurse + Anne of Denmark (1574-1619) - queen of James I. The fury of gales kept her lying abroad. When she came to England, she and James had an elaborate progress from Edinburgh to London, for which Ben Jonson devised masques and entertainments.

nanetta (it) - little dwarf (feminine) + No, No, Nanette (song).

liege - the superior to whom one owes feudal allegiance and service

18th dynasty Budge: The Book of the Dead xli: 'In the... XVIIIth Dynasty... At this period the scribes began to ornament their papyri with designs... or "vignettes".'

Michalmas - obs. ff. Michaelmas (the feast of St. Michael, 29 Sept., one of the four quarter-days of the English business year).

mellem (Danish) - between

Aussie - Australian + horses

King's Men - Shakespeare's acting company, under the patronage of James I. The Queen's Men were a rival company + "All the king's horses and all the king's men, / Cannot put Humpty together again." 

Knight of the Temple = Templar + Knecht (ger) = knecht (Dutch) - servant, groom + trample - to tread or walk heavily; to go or travel on foot; to tread heavily and (esp.) injuriously upon; to crush, break down, or destroy by heavy treading.

cavalcade - to ride in a cavalcade, esp. in procession or in company with others; a procession on horseback, esp. on a festive or solemn occasion

herald - an officer having the special duty of making royal or state proclamations, and of bearing ceremonial messages between princes or sovereign powers. Also, having the function of arranging public processions, funerals, and other state ceremonials + Harald Gray Cloak ruled West Norway.

dog! dog! (Danish) = doch! doch! (German) - o yes!

loft - flock of pigeons

Basic principles of the pin tumbler lock may date as far back as 2000 BC in Egypt; the lock consisted of a wooden post affixed to the door, and a horizontal bolt that slid into the post. The bolt had vertical openings into which fitted a set of pins. These could be lifted, using a key, to a sufficient height to allow the bolt to move and unlock the door.

broadcast - to scatter (seed, etc.) abroad with the hand; to disseminate (news or any audible or visible matter) from a radio or television transmitting station to the receiving sets of listeners and viewers; fig. To scatter or disseminate widely + broodkast (Dutch) - cupboard + brood (Dutch) - bread.

Work in Progress - Joyce's name for Finnegans Wake during composition

trow - to trust, have confidence in, believe (a person or thing) + know

uge (Danish) - week + age + Robert Masters: "Not just decades, but centuries of Work by the integrated Five Bodies would be needed to completely actualize and master the richness of a human being's potentials. The SAHU continues much of the Work begun by the KHU and adds to this other Work which the KHU could not have done. This "Spiritual Body" is, above all, and adept of self-regulated "movement" along the continuum of consciousness which otherwise can only be given by the Neters.

FDV: Do you not have heard that the king shall come tomorrow? He shall come for hunting on our illcome foxes fuxes. I have heard anyone tell [yesterday] that some should come today [here] on morrow but it is never here today. No Yes, but remind always you that it is always.]

sidesman - Church of England: An assistant to the churchwarden who collects offerings of money in the church.

accost - to go close to, to approach, for any purpose; to make up to and speak to, to address + accosted (Heraldry) - placed side by side.

Aryan - Applied by some to the great division or family of languages, which includes Sanskrit, Zend, Persian, Greek, Latin, Celtic, Teutonic, and Slavonic, with their modern representatives; spec. Of or pertaining to the ancient Aryan people.

jubilarian - one who celebrates his or her jubilee; spec. in R.C. Ch., a priest, monk, or nun who has been such for fifty years

brigadier-general - a military officer in command of a brigade; the status ranks between a major-general and a colonel, but is only local or temporary, being generally held by the senior colonel of the regiments or battalions brigaded together + Brigadier-General Dennis E. Nolan - head of United States Intelligence, 1917-18.

buccaneer - 'a name given to piratical rovers who formerly infested the Spanish coasts in America'; By extension: A sea-rover who makes hostile incursions upon the coast + Admiral William Brown - founder of Argentine Navy (born in County Mayo in 1777).

Elcock, Luke - mayor of Drogheda, 1916 [031.18]

beagle - a small variety of hound, tracking by scent, formerly used in hunting hares, but now superseded by the Harrier, which sometimes takes its name

littlego - Univ. colloq. The popular name (later superseded at Oxford by 'smalls') for the first examination for the degree of B.A.

illcome - unfortunately come or arrived, not welcome (rare.)

fax - the hair of the head; Derisively: The face + income taxes + foxes + Song of Solomon 2:15: 'The little foxes that spoil the vines'.

buff - of the colour of buff leather, a light brownish yellow + On George IV's procession to Dublin Castle during his Dublin visit, in 1821, persons on horseback were to wear 'Blue coat, with coronation button, buff, or white waistcoast'.

beaufort - a material used for flags (obs.) + Duke of Beaufort's Hunt.

pobel (Irish) - people + noblesse oblige - Phrase suggesting that noble ancestry constrains (to honourable behaviour); privilege entails responsibility.

omma (gr) - eye + hommes (fr) - men.

Eccles Street, Dublin - Bloom's home address in Ulysses + Mehercule! (l) - By Hercules!

overall - generally, in toto, everywhere + kattekillinger overalt (Danish) - pussycats all over the place.

pop - Of the eye: To protrude (as if to burst out).

guillotine - to behead by the guillotine + guillotine windows - sash windows (jocular).

quick time - a brisk rate of marching consisting of about 120 paces of at least 30 inches each in a minute; quasi-adv. In quick time.

ply - to offer something to (a person) frequently or persistently; to press (one) to take

Zosimus - (1) 5th-century pope; (2) 5th-century Greek historian who lived in Constantinople; (3) 6th-century hermit who came on every Good Friday eve to give the sacrament to St Mary the Egyptian in a cave on the banks of the Jordan; (4) a strolling beggar of Dublin, sometimes called "the last of the minstrels"; (5) an illustrated Dublin paper (1870-1871).  

crowder - one who plays a crowd, a fiddler; one who crowds

surcoat - an outer coat or garment, commonly of rich material, worn by people of rank of both sexes; often worn by armed men over their armour, and having the heraldic arms depicted on it.

sue - to follow (a person) as an attendant, companion, or adherent; to accompany, attend upon

Southwester hat

gantlet - obs. form of gauntlet (a glove of armored leather) + gantlet (obs) - gantlope, a military punishment in which the culprit had to run stripped to the waist between two rows of men who struck at him with a stick or a knotted cord (especially 'run the gantlet').

pontifex - Rom. Antiq. A member of the principal college of priests in ancient Rome, the head of which was the Pontifex Maximus or chief priest.

durst - pa. tense (and dial. pa. pple.) of dare (v.)

detrain - the converse of 'entrain'; (Orig. a military term.): to alight from a railway train.


tricycles + troika (Russian) - three horses harnessed abreast.

fart - to break wind; to fool about or around, to waste time + penny farthing - old bicycle with one large and one small wheel (and solid tyres).

solitaire - a card game played by one person

polo - a game similar to field hockey but played on horseback using long-handled mallets and a wooden ball + North Pole.

beseem - to seem, appear (obs.)

pelota - a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket

behowl - [first suggested by Warburton, 1746, as an emendation of 'behold' in the passage from Mids. N. Dream.] to howl at, to bewail with howls + behold.

New York + ne - not + yerk - to move (some part of the body) with a jerk or twitch.

Lancester + castrum (l) - fort + lawn tennis + York and Lancaster (War of Roses).

ne... ne (l) - neither... nor

Guelphs and Ghibellines - warring factions in 13th-century Italy, said falsely to be named for Guelph and Ghibel, rival brothers of Pistoia