jackass - a male ass, a he-ass + (notebook 1924): 'jackass (Austr. bird)' Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 159n (sec. 157): 'The settler heard a bird laugh in what he thought an extremely ridiculous manner, its opening notes suggesting a donkey's bray - he called it the 'laughing jackass.' His descendants have dropped the adjective, and it has come to pass that the word 'jackass' denotes to an Australian something quite different from its meaning to other speakers of our English tongue'.

sunflower - the heliotrope; preson of resplendent beauty

rhinocerot's nose - Used as a descriptive of a sneer + rhinoceritis (l) - inflammation of a nose-horn.

roe - a small species of deer

rogue - a rascal + roads

lean - to incline or tend in thought, affection, or conduct + lead

rhyme - verse marked by consonance of the terminal sounds + Rome

pon - upon

hilly - characterized by hills; abounding in hills + Norwegian: Lille Trille laa paa en hylle (nursery rhyme similar to Humpty Dumpty).

Nial (or Niall) of the Nine Hostages - father of Leary, ruled Ireland in the 4th century, raided Britain, was deserted by his own men and conquered by the Romans. A later Nial was perhaps slain by Hamlet.

corsage - a bodice


bestefar (Norwegian) - grandfather

arrah - exp. of surprise or excitement  

Reduplication is an alleged trait of Hiberno-English strongly associated with stage-Irish and Hollywood films (to be sure, to be sure). It is virtually never used in reality.
ar bith corresponds to English at all, so the stronger ar chor ar bith gives rise to the form at all at all ('I've no money at all at all').

armoury = armour collectively; an armed force; the workshop of an armourer

house by the churchyard - Church House, Chapelizod [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: The House by the Churchyard] + churpe - chirp.

retreat - Eccl. A period of complete seclusion devoted to religious exercises.

gammeldags (Danish) - old-fashioned + gammel (Danish) - old, ancient.

MILLTOWN - Former village, now residential district, South Dublin, in the Clonskeagh area. Milltown Park is not a recreation ground but a Jesuit house of studies in Sandford Road + Milton, John (1608-74) - English poet, author of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained. Milton was not just a poet, but also a politician, secretary to Cromwell, who was beastly to Ireland. Milton was a blind poet, like Homer.  

languish - the action or state of languishing (to grow weak, faint, or feeble; to droop in spirits;  to pine with love, grief, or the like) + James Joyce: Ulysses.5.261: 'Language of flowers'.

mushy - soft, spongy, excessively tender

saucisse (French, Slang) - whore

a dearbhrathairin og mo chroidhe (a drahirin og mukhri) (gael) - O young little brother of my heart! + song Draherin O Machree (Anglo-Irish) - Dear Little Brother of My Heart + machree - my dear.

to make water - to urinate + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song The Meeting of the Waters.

pee - to urinate; an act of urination

trickle - to emit or give forth in successive drops or a thin fitful stream

maman (fr) - mummy

flirt - to play at courtship, to practise coquetry, to make love without serious intentions.

farmer - one who cultivates a farm, whether as tenant or owner; the eldest son of the occupier  of a farm (dial.); an ignorant rustic, a stupid or gauche person.

groom - a servant who attends to horses; a bridegroom

muse - to gaze meditatively

cuddle - to hug or embrace affectionately, to fondle

differ - to be at variance, to hold different opinions concerning any matter, to disagree

lully - the kidney (of a cow)

breach of promise - the breaking of engagement



lolly - hard candy

to give and take - to yield partialy to demands of others (and obtain satisfactory agreement); to exchange repartee, blows, etc.

forego - to let go

paist (pasht) (gael) - spirit + past

fall out - to make a quarrel, disagree

kindness - affection, love + song Auld Lang Syne: 'We'll tak a cup of kindness yet for the sake of Auld Lang Syne'.

pet - any person who is fondled, or treated with special kindness or favour; a darling, favourite.

orang (Malay) - man

lelly = leally (loyally, truly)

An Seanchas Mor (un shanekus mor) (gael) - The Great Register, corpus of early Irish law + schenk uns mehr (ger) - pour us more, give us more.

craig = crag

be it that - to be the case or the fact

FDV: Even should not the framing [up] of such fictions [in the evidential order] bring any truth to light [in good time] as fortuitously as some false setting of a starchart might [(heaven aiding)] reveal the presence of an unknown being in space chaos of space The best soundest opinion now holds that by so playing possum our highest common ancestor most effectually saved his brush. Dogs of all breeds were speaking with various marked provincial accents, hot to run him on a scent breasthigh, but from the good day he last was viewed pointing for home in his 7mile [rolltop] boots a deaf fox's wisdom kept him safe in covert miraculously ravenfed & sustained by the clotted creamclotted sherriness of cinnamon syllabub. Preserving perseverance in the reeducation of his intestines was the his the best rebuttal whereby he got the big bulge on all the crowd of spasoakers in that one street town. Vainly virulence, violence, & vituperation sought wellnigh utterly to end the reign of the great shipping mogul and linen lord; it was one more dearer than all who was to make him a the nine days' jeer for the lounge lizards of the pumproom.     

frame up - to devise falsely (as a criminal charge against an inocent man) [(notebook 1922-23): 'frame up'].

figment - an invented statement, story, doctrine, etc.

evidential - of or pertaining to evidence

fortuitous - that happens or is produced by fortune or chance; accidental, casual.

dim - obscure, not clear to the mind or understanding

star chart - a chart showing the positions of the stars + (notebook 1922-23): 'false setting of starmap discover new star'.

forehear - to hear beforehand

sib - related by blood or descent, akin, closely related

foliate - to put forth leaves

stotter - error, slip, blunder; to stumble, stagger + Henrik Ibsen: Samfundets Støtter (Pillars of Society).

sound - founded on true or well-established grounds; free from error, fallacy, or logical defect.

mentalist - an advocate of mentalism (doctrine that mind is the fundamental reality); a mind reader or fortune teller.

securus iudicat orbis terrarum (l) - free from care, the circle of the lands judges; i.e. untroubled, the world judges (St. Augustine) + securus (l) - peaceful + iudico (l) - judge + orbis (l) - circle + terra (l) - earth.

play possum - to feign ignorance, to pretend to be asleep or dead, to feign or pretend illness + (notebook 1922-23): 'saves his brush play 'possum''.

hagio (gr) - holy

curious - exciting curiosity, somewhat surprising, strange, singular, odd; queer.


brush - a quick light touch or momentary contact, a brief encounter; a girl, a young woman; a bushy tail (the brush of a fox) + Quarterly Review Oct 1922, 268: 'Reynard the Fox': 'saves his brush, but it is not likely that... he acts with deliberate intent... the promptings of instinct, of which the most notable example is the trick of 'playing possum''.

posterity - the descendants collectively of any person, all who have proceeded from a common ancestor.

coparcener - a joint heir

heir in tail (Sc. of entail, of tailsie) - the person who succeeds or is entitled to succeed to an entailed estate by virtue of the deed of entail (the settlement of the succession of a landed estate, so that it cannot be bequeathed at pleasure by any one possessor; a predetermined order of succession).

gundog - a dog trained to accompany the 'guns' (hunters) + FDV: Dogs of all breeds were speaking with various marked provincial accents, hot to run him on a scent breasthigh, but from the good day he last was viewed pointing for home in his 7mile [rolltop] boots a deaf fox's wisdom kept him safe in covert miraculously ravenfed & sustained by the clotted creamclotted sherriness of cinnamon syllabub.

beagle - to hunt game with a beagle + (notebook 1922-23): 'dog was speaking'.

renounce - announce, declare, proclaim

urbi et orbi - to the city (of Rome) and to the world. Also transf., for general information or acceptance; to everyone.