shank - chiefly pl. one's legs + {a stir — it's only the wind} + FDV: Stop! Did he stir? No, he's fast. Come to bed. So he is. Come to bed. It's merely the wind on the road outside to keep wake old all shivering shanks from snoring.

oom - uncle: often used as a respectful appellation when referring to or addressing an older or elderly man          


Villen (ger) - villas + um Gottes Willen (ger) - for God's sake.

mitre - a sacerdotal head-dress + FDV: Who can he be, this bonnetted mitred man mightyman mitryman

yeast - a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells, used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey

chrism - consecrated oil + chrisma (gr) - anointing, unction; grace.

grey - to become or grow grey; to cause (a person's hair) to become grey + Great Brunswick Street, Dublin + FDV: [her potentate, some king of the yeast with his chrismy hair brunzewig greyed brunzwig?]

Caspian - of or pertaining to the Caspian Sea, an inland sea of central Asia

asthma - respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing, usually of allergic origin

bulk - a mass; the collective mass of any object. Often esp. a large mass + FDV: So bulky bulk a build?

relics - the remains of a person; the body, or part of the body, of one deceased

Pfarrer (ger) - priest + Pharaoh.

Levite - a member of the tribe of Levi but not descended from Aaron and, if male, chosen to assist the Temple priests

Mac an Ghoill (mokungil) (gael) - son of the foreigner; anglic. Gill


Mac Fionnain (mokfinan) (gael) - son of Fionnan (diminutive of Fionn, "fair") + Fionn Mac Cumhail (fin mok kul) (gael) - Fair son of Cumhal, 3rd c. hero of saga cycle.

Harry + herring

casket - a small box or chest for jewels, letters, or other things of value, itself often of valuable material and richly ornamented + casquette (fr) - cap + FDV: He has only but only his bonny bedbonny cosy bedcosy casket on

woolsey - woolen

plisse - a piece of fabric shirred or gathered into narrow pleats; a gathering of pleats + plisser (fr) - pleat + surplice - a loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves + FDV: and only also his shorthemmed woolsey shirter shirtplice  

peascod - the stuffed front of a 16th century doublet + codpiece - a pouch attached to a man's breeches or close-fitting hose to cover the genitals, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries.

doublet - a close-fitting body-garment, with or without sleeves, worn by men from the 14th to the 18th centuries

insure - to make certain, to secure, to guarantee (some thing, event, etc.)

fleeced - furnished with a fleece ("a sheep is well fleeced")

banker - a covering, generally of tapestry, for a bench or chair + FDV: but also his feet wear doubled width socks. He [always] slept wore stockings to sleep between the blankets two warm bankers.

finnoc - 'a white trout, a variety of the Salmo fario' + fionnóg (Irish) - fair maiden + coffin.

cawl - a wooden basket for carrying a fish + Fionn Mac Cumhail (fin mok kul).

Mithra or Mithras - Persian god of light, whose worship rivaled Christianity in the Roman empire. Also an avatar of Vishnu's + FDV: Is that Can the O that thus be Mr Miss Mineher Misthra Gorman Norkman that keeps our hotel?

begorra + 'Are you the O'Reilly that keeps this hotel?... Begorra, O'Reilly, you're looking right well' (song).

Sorge - acconding to some medieval romances, the son of Tristan and Isolde of Ireland + sorgen (ger) - to worry, to sorrow + Mann (ger) - man + Henrik Ibsen: "John Gabriel Borkman" + FDV: Be sor, Mr Gorman Norkman Bockman Sorgman, you're looking right well.

ethnicist (rare.) = ethnologist - one who is engaged or versed in the study of ethnology + Mount Hekla (Iceland) and Mount Etna (Sicily), volcanos.

deft - neatly skillful and quick in one's movements

Fuchs (ger) - fox

schouw - a light draft open pleasure boat of the Netherlands + shows + schau (ger) - look + schouw (Dutch) - fireplace, chimney.

daft - silly, foolish, stupid + daft as a bush - very silly, not at all sensible.

doge - the chief magistrate of Venice or Genoa + devil's own job - something that is difficult to do.

doubling + Dublin.

existent - a particular existing thing, event, person or entity

daysent (Irish Pronunciation) - decent + FDV: A jolly fine decent man of your our word!

round up - to collect in a body + FDV: He's bringing tearing rounding up his family.

bodikin (obs.) - a diminutive body; a corpuscle, an atom + FDV: And who is the body beside ye, sir?

Ybbs - river in Lower Austria (PICTURE)

Great Zab - approximately 400-kilometre long river flowing through Turkey and Iraq (PICTURE) + Ys and Zs + dribs and drabs - bits and pieces, negligible amounts.

trixie - obs. ff. tricksy (full of or given to tricks or pranks; playful, sportive) + trail - a trailing or hanging article of clothing + FDV: Her snailstrain is tripping her, watch! 

trip - to cause to stumble or fall by suddenly arresting or catching the foot

Vop - river in Smolensk Oblast, Russia. It is a tributary of the Dnepr River (PICTURE)

lucre - gain, profit, pecuniary advantage + for the love of Mike (phrase).

loop - to form into a loop or loops + FDV: Look at the way for the love of smoke she's holding looping the lamp! Why, that's Mrs Wipethepot Wipethemdry! Well, well, well, wellawell wellowell!

Donau (ger) - Danube + Donnerwetter (ger) - thunderweather (expl.)

ARDECHE RIVER - Tribute of the lower Rhone River (PICTURE)

halfbend - a half fillet for the head + husband.

peahen - a female peafowl, the female of the peacock

Alabama - river in the U.S. state of Alabama (PICTURE)

beck - a brook or stream: the ordinary name in those parts of England from Lincolnshire to Cumbria which were occupied by the Danes and Norwegians; hence, often used spec. in literature to connote a brook with stony bed, or rugged course, such as are those of the north country + bek (Dutch) - mouth + Trout Beck is a fast flowing river of the Lake District in North West England.

lipe (obs.) - a sudden movement, a jerk + lip

ninna nanna (it) - lullaby

septuagesimus (l) - the seventieth + Septuagesima - ninth Sunday before Easter, the third before Ash Wednesday + "Steploajazzyma Sunday, Sola, with pawns, prelates and pookas" [102.15]

calendar + culus (l) = cul (fr) - arse.

bustle - excited activity and movement; a stuffed pad or cushion, or small wire framework, worn beneath the skirt of a woman's dress, for the purpose of expanding and supporting it behind + puzzle.

frow - a woman, a lady; a wife. Chiefly of Dutch or German women, or of others compared to them + Habe die Ehre, gnadige Frau! (ger) - conventional salutation, roughly: "I have the honor, gracious lady!" + FDV: Happy tea airy area, naughtygay fro frew!

sunlit - lighted or illumined by the sun

sope - a draught; a small amount of drink, etc. + Sunlight Soap.

washout - a useless or unsuccessful person + washed-out.

winch - a reel, roller, or pulley + wenches.

"Grey olive leaves beneath a rain-cold sky" + Rhine river + Rheingold beer (American).

prop - fig. Any person or thing that serves as a support or stay.

lip - to kiss (poet.) + tried lapping the swills.

swell - a fashionably or stylishly dressed person; hence, a person of good social position, a highly distinguished person

pont de l'isle (fr) - island-bridge + Islandbridge - district of Dublin.

Bournemouth - a city in southern England

buried + borrowed.

Heytesbury Street, Dublin

Hatch Street, Dublin + bury the hatchet (phrase).

loam - to cover, smear or fill with loam + loaned.


Love Lane, Dublin (Old Love Lane became Sackville Avenue)

haporth = halfpennyworth - as much as a halfpenny will purchase; hence, a very small quantity + harbor.

dripping - the fall of liquid in drops; concr. the liquid so falling + Dublin + And she's just the same old three and fourpence pennorte of drippy!

brenn = burn + brennt (ger) - burns + browned + FDV: She never turned a hair.

The Angel, Islington, London

sitter - a person who sits, esp. for a portrait; a hen sitting on eggs

Amen Corner, London (near Saint Paul's)

Norwood, Southwark and Euston (London)

solvent - able to pay all one's debts or liabilities + servant.

gambeson - a military tunic, worn especially in the 14th c., made of leather or thick cloth, sometimes padded; it covered the trunk and thighs, and was originally worn under the habergeon, to prevent chafing or bruises, but was sometimes used as a defence without other body-armour (PICTURE).

breth (obs) - fury, rage + breath.

woman of the house (Anglo-Irish) - mistress, housewife + FDV: Where Which way are they going? Why? the firefull man in his upper garment, & not a breath against him and the wee wiping woman womaneen?

terug (Dutch) - back (adverb) + through

diamond wedding - a fanciful name for the celebration of the 60th (or according to some, the 75th) anniversary of the wedding-day

elfin - a little elf or urchin

ell - a measure of length varying in different countries. The English ell = 45 in.

vest - to dress (a person) in a robe or garment, esp. as a formal act or ceremony

anden (Danish) - other

aller (ger) - of all + Aller - river, 211 kilometres long, in Germany (PICTURE) + Kierkegaard: Enten-Eller (Either/Or).

er (Danish) - are

dresser - one who attires another

Luxembourger - a native or inhabitant of Luxemb(o)urg. Luxembourg is on the Alzette river.

avec cette (fr) - with this (feminine)

kingly + koniglich (ger) - royal.

shire - a province or district under the rule of a governor + sire

countess - the wife or widow of a count + King's and Queen's Counties (County Offaly and County Leix).

stepney - a spare wheel for a motor vehicle, comprising a ready-inflated tyre on a spokeless metal rim, which could be clamped temporarily over a punctured wheel + STEPNEY - East London district and dock area. The first of "Dr Barnardo's Homes," "for the reclamation of waif children," was founded in 1871 in Stepney Causeway.