dispensation - Theol. A religious order or system, conceived as divinely instituted, or as a stage in a progressive revelation, expressly adapted to the needs of a particular nation or period of time, as the patriarchal, Mosaic (or Jewish) dispensation, the Christian dispensation.

poke - an annoyingly stupid individual + pope

Minos - Cretan king, son of Zeus, husband of Pasiphaë, father of Ariadne and Phaedra, patron of Daedalus, who built the labyrinth for him, in which was housed the Minotaur. After death, Minos became a judge in the underworld with Aeacus and Rhadamanthus. 

YORK - City, Yorkshire, North England. The archdiocese of York is 2nd only to Canterbury in the hierarchy of the Church of England. St Peter's Cathedral is usually called the Minster, or York Minster. In the Wars of the Roses, the Anglo-Irish replicated the controversy, with the Butlers (Ormond) supporting York, and the rest of Ireland, led by the Geraldines, supporting Lancaster. 

gush - a whiff, smell

mon - man

BALLYBOUGH - Road, bridge over Tolka River, North-East Dublin, and name of surrounding area between Summerhill and Fairview. Vitriol works at Ballybough Bridge were operated by the Dublin and Wicklow Manure Co, Ltd. Baile bocht, Ir "poortown." 

manure - dung or compost spread over or mixed with soil to fertilize it.

tradewind - any wind that 'blows trade', i.e. in a constant course or way; a wind that blows steadily in the same direction (obs.)

moyly - gently, demurely + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song The Song of Fionnuala: 'Silent, oh Moyle'.

briny - salty; sea

rossie - a wandering woman; Used as a disparaging term for a woman + rossy (Anglo-Irish) - impudent girl, brazen woman (from rásach (Anglo-Irish) - rambling woman, gipsy, jilt) + song Sweet Rosie O'Grady.

chaff - to banter, rail at, or rally, in a light and non-serious manner, or without anger, but so as to try the good nature or temper of the person 'chaffed'.

to do - excited and usu. exaggerated stir, bustle + today + todo (sp) - everyone.

ber om forladelse! (Danish) - beg your pardon!

song ''Comin' through the Rye'' by Robert Burns: 'Gin a body meet a body / Comin thro' the rye, / Gin a body kiss a body, / Need a body cry?' = (English Translation): 'Should a body meet a body / Coming through the rye, / Should a body kiss a body, / Need a body cry?'

yerra - a mild oath

heed - to care for, concern oneself about; to take notice of, give attention to.

gasometer - apparatus for holding and measuring gases; In James Joyce's day, the cylindrical gasometer on Sir John Rogerson's Quay (S bank of Liffey) was the most noticeable feature of the Dub skyline.

hoop - to clasp, enclose, surround + hooping cough - a contagious disease chiefly affecting children, and characterized by short, violent, and convulsive coughs, followed by a long sonorous inspiration called the hoop (whoop) + Dublin superstition that gasworks' air cures whooping cough (Ulysses.6.121: 'Gasworks. Whooping cough they say it cures').

bird - a young man, child; a maiden, a girl; a man + nursery rhyme Cock Robin: 'All the birds of the air'.

minxi (l) - I have urinated

divorcee - a divorced woman

jo - sweetheart, dear

hold hard - (orig. a sporting phrase): To pull hard at the reins in order to stop the horse; hence gen. to 'pull up', halt, stop. Usually in imper. (colloq.)

cork - a piece of cork, cut into a cylindrical or tapering form, used as a stopper for a bottle, cask, etc; a piece of cork used as a float for a fishing net or line.

float - a floating appliance for supporting something in the water, a cork or other light substance used to support a fishing-net, etc. in the water.

tele - - at distance, distant

township - the inhabitants of a town

heave - to lift, raise

kay (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - quay

sesame seed - the small flattish seeds of sesame that yield an oil used as a flavouring agent.

kaffir - one who is not a muslim, infidel + Whiteeyed Kaffir - G.H. Chirgwin, 19th century music hall entertainer, appeared in Dan Lowrey's Music Hall (Ulysses.12.1552: 'that whiteeyed kaffir') + Whiteside, James (1804-76) - Dublin lawyer, defended O'Connell and William Smith O'Brien.

sayman - a maker or seller of say (a cloth of fine texture resembling serge) + semen (l) - seed + say (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - sea.

effluvium - emanation

to puff out - to issue, arise in puffs

thundering - awesome in virtue of impresive greatness or magnitude

cabbage (Slang) - cheap cigar

pa - father + (onomat.)

thawt = thought - rower's bench + that

gull - a credulous person, one easily imposed upon, a dupe, simpleton, fool

Fion, Paustheen - an Irish air + paistin fionn (pashtin fin) (gael) - fair-haired child; An Paistin Fionn, "The Fair-haired Girl," a song.

tomorrow + go barradh (gubore) (gael) - excellently.

good bye + go bog (gubug) (gael) - easily, softly.

Joyce's note: '- says you'

sniff - to perceive as if by smell, to smell out, to suspect, to sneer at

when I was in my (Anglo-Irish) - when I was a

far out - remote, distant + farfar (Danish) - grandfather.

first night - the night on which a play, or a particular representation of a play, is first produced on the stage.

SYCAMORE STREET - Originally Sycamore Alley, since 1869 Sycamore Street; runs North from Dame Street to Essex Street, West of Eustace Street. Site of Dublin GPO 1709-1755, "Sycamore Tree" pub ca 1733, Dan Lowry's Star Music Hall and Theatre of Varieties, late 19th century. 

frisk - to move briskly and sportively; to dance, frolic, gambol, jig.


lustiness - lustfulness; carnal nature or character; pleasantness, pleasure, delight (obs.)

pampa - the name given to the vast treeless plains of South America south of the Amazon, esp. of the Argentina and the adjacent countries.

put out - to extinguish, put an end to; (of a woman) to offer oneself for sexual intercourse.

sip (Slang) - kiss

mountain dew - a fanciful term for whisky illicitly distilled on the mountains.

enrich - to make rich, endow, with mental or spiritual wealth

brewer - one who brews; spec. one whose trade is to make malt liquors.

belch - a slang name for poor beer

FDV: And so they went on, unquam & nunquam & linseed & colic, about the whosebefore and the wheresafter & all the scandalmonkers & the poor craigs that used to be at that time living & lying & rating & riding round Nunsbelly Square. And contradrinking themselves. I differ with ye! Are you sure of that now? You're a liar, excuse me! I will not & you're another! And Lully holding the breach of the peace for them. To give & to take. And to forgo the past. Ah, now, it was too bad to be falling out over the the shape of the ourang's time! Well, all right Lully! And shakeahand. And schenk us more. For Craig sake. Ah, well! Be it soak!  

bottle (Slang) - to bugger (a woman), to engage in sodomy

unguentum (l) - ointment, perfume + unquam (l) - at any time, ever

nunquam (l) - at no time, never

linguam (l) - tongue + song Father O'Flynn: 'Sláinte and sláinte and sláinte again'.

Anschluss - annexation or union, spec. of Austria to Germany

whereafter - after which

anear - close, near

rustling - a rustling sound; bustling activity + (notebook 1924): 'night noises rustlings twittering raspin tingling scuttling The dense African forest by night was full of sounds, all intimately known to the native. Crawford: “For the hundreds of night-sounds — rustlings, twitterings, raspings, tinglings, and roarings — are all known to even Africa’s tot, the ears being called his ‘eyes of darkness.’” These two poetical observations both made it into the Wake. The night sounds appear in I.4 on FW 095.31, when the ‘fourbottle men’ are discussing how Anna Livia got lost in he woods (Robbert-Jan Henkes)

twittering - light tremulous chirping of a bird or birds; a sound resembling or likened to this.

rasping - a grating sound

painting - colouring, pictorial decoration, a picture + panting

cuckoo - to utter the call of the cuckoo (uniformly repeated call), or an imitation of it.

hist - a sibilant exclamation used to enjoin silence

to spring apart - to burst asunder

by by - bye bye +  scuttle - to run with quick, hurried steps.

scandalmonger - one who makes injurious report concerning another which may be the foundation of legal action.

craig = crag + crag - a steep or precipitous rugged rock; the throat, the neck.

rate - to estimate the (nature) worth or value of; to appraise, value; to drive away, to scold.

bod (bud) (gael) - penis + proverb A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

laughing jackass (also in mod. use simply jackass) - the Giant Kingfisher of Australia (Dacelo gigas), so called from its loud discordant cry.