wimmern (ger) - to lament, moan

Weib (ger) - woman, wife

bang - a sudden, violent or explosive noise + Term 'Big Bang' is coined in 1949.

worldwide - 'as wide as the world'; extending over or covering the whole world + Oscar Wilde.

a Letter: then silence

fama (l) - tale; news; rumor, gossip + In Greek mythology, Pheme was the personification of fame and renown, her favour being notability, her wrath being scandalous rumors. She was a daughter either of Gaia or of Hope, was described as "she who initiates and furthers communication" and had an altar at Athens. A tremendous gossip, Pheme was said to have pried into the affairs of mortals and gods, then repeated what she learned, starting off at first with just a dull whisper, but repeating it louder each time, until everyone knew. In art, she was usually depicted with wings and a trumpet. In Roman mythology, Fama ("rumor") was described as having multiple tongues, eyes, ears and feathers by Virgil (in Aeneid IV line 180 and following) and other authors. She is also described as living in a home with 1000 windows so she could hear all being said in the world. Virgil wrote that she "had her feet on the ground, and her head in the clouds, making the small seem great and the great seem greater."

ether - the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; according to ancient and medieval science, aether (also spelled ether) is the material that fills the region of the Universe above the terrestrial sphere + {and the last rumour was laid to rest}

noise + nose + (notebook 1924): 'noise or silence drove *E* mad'.

roar + lull.

dreven (Danish) - driven

blem (ger) - crazy + blem-blem (Slang) - crazy + blind.

stone blind + "His name is Azathoth, the blind god that explodes without end, and from his death the manifested worlds are born; and planets, stars, suns, and their inhabitants." (Frank G Ripel: The Magick of Atlantis: Sauthenerom, the Source of the Necronomicon.)

Schema (ger) - scheme + Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: 'Open Sesame!'

slough off - to cast off, throw off, to get rid of; of diseased skin, tissue, etc.: to come off

sidle - to move sideways + Earwickers of Sidlesham in the Hundred of Manhood - this is a real-life family that has lived in Sidlesham since the 18th century. "Manhood" is the name of the extreme southwest Hundred (county division) of Sussex.  

via - by way of, by route which passes through or over (a specified place); by means of

subteranean - an underground cave or room, cavern

shore - to serve as a shore to, to border + FDV: He had left the country by via subterranean tunnel lined shored with bedboards.

bedboard - a stiff thin wide board inserted between bedspring and mattress + (notebook 1922-23): 'tunnel shored with bedboards' Daily Mail 13 Jan 1923, 7/5: 'Prison Tunnel': 'A bold attempt by Republican prisoners to escape from Galway Gaol... The tunnel has been constructed with considerable skill and it had been shored with bed boards and other materials from the cells'.

stowaway - a person who hides in a ship in order to escape payment of passage-money, to get  to sea unobserved, or to escape by stealth from a country

anker = anchor - to take up a position; to cast anchor, to come to anchor + Anker - name in Sidlesham cemetery.

bottom - the hull of a ship + bottom, arse.

tank - a compartment in a ship for holding water, oil or liquids

Arsa - at Palmyra she is the goddess of Venus as the evening star, and a goddess of fate + Osiris (in Ancient Greek); the Egyptian language name is variously transliterated Asar, Asari, Aser, Ausar, Ausir, Wesir, Usir, Usire or Ausare.

hodie (l) - today

islamitic - rel. to islamism, muslim + 'new name when entering Islam' (notebook 1924).


Magrath, Cornelius (1736-60) - Irish giant, befriended by Berkeley who claimed he owed his stature to tar water, exhibited on Dublin's College Green + (notebook 1924): '*C* lived 7 generation & was then killed'  Lamy: Commentarium in Librum Geneseos I.255:  'From which follows the opinion of the ancient interpreters, handed down by Saint Ephraem, that Cain had carried the stain of his crime till the seventh generation and was then killed' (Genesis 4:15).

karakter (Danish, Serbian, Turkish) - character

common erring

Asia Minor - Turkey

hundred Manhood [98.01] the hunt, the play, the Turk (Joyce's note, Circe

theater = theatre + Turko the Terrible - first Christmas pantomime at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (Ulysses.1.258).

key - a scheme of notes related to each other + first house - in U.S. primary schools music instruction, key signature.

flat - music. rel. low in pitch

sharp - a musical note one half step higher than named note + B sharp - Mus. sign used to counteract a flat.

piaster - The English (French, German, etc.) name (It., Sp. piastra) of a small Turkish coin.

buik - the belly, abdomen + danseuse - a female dancer + buikdanseuse (Dutch) - belly dancer.

omnibus box = omnibus - a large box in a theather adapted to contain many persons + omni- - all, universally.

arab - a homeless little wanderer, a child of the street; one of the Semitic race inhabiting Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries

street door - the chief external door of a house, giving immediate access to the street

bepester - to pester (annoy, trouble persistently) greatly, harass

bashaw - The earlier form of the Turkish title pasha (a title formerly borne in Turkey by officers of high rank, as military commanders, and governors of provinces).

alms - charitable relief of the poor, charity

para - a small Turkish coin, the fortieth part of a piastre + Peter's pence - contribution to the Roman Catholic Church.

term - a limit, boundary; the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent

till - to

saggarth (Anglo-Irish) = sagart (Irish) - priest (from Latin sacerdos) [Joyce's note: 'saggarth'] + (notebook 1924): 'family priest' Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 45 (sec. 44): 'For 'chaplain' we have handpreost or hiredpreost ('family-priest')' (Old English).

resign - to relinquish, surrender, give up, or hand over (one's life, being, soul, etc.)

put off - to take off, rid oneself of + Joyce's note: 'took off his body'.

remainders - remains, esp. of ancient buildings. (Common in 17th c.)

scrap heap - discard, oblivion, the place to which useless things are relegated; to consign to the scrap heap

chirping - the action of the verb chirp (lit. Of birds and certain insects)

cross - to intersect, contradict, meet

infamous - of shameful badness, vileness, or abominableness; of a character or quality deserving utter reprobation

vulgo (l) - publicly, universally + varius (l) - diverse, varying + venereus (l) - of or belonging to sexual love + FDV: [An infamous private ailment (variovenereal) (variolovenereal) had claimed him.]

vicious circle - a situation in which action and reaction intensify each other; a self-perpetuating process of aggravation + (his eye).

snap - a quick, sharp sound or report + Sir Oliver Lodge: The Survival of Man (a book about spiritualism), 279: (of a medium) 'a sensation which she calls a snap in the head, which nearly always precedes a return to consciousness'.

jam - a jar designed for holding jam + jars jammed.

jar - to produce a harsh or grating sound; to vribrate or shake; to quarrel + James Joyce.

ornamental - serving as an ornament or decoration

lily pond - a pond in which water lilies are grown

inebriated - intoxicated, drunken + (notebook 1923): 'drowned in a pond while intoxicated'. 

knickerbockers - loose fitting breeches, gathered in at the knee + FDV: [He had walked into a pond while intoxicated up to that point where braces meet buttons braced shirts meet knickerbockers.]  

wang (Chinese) - king

buoyant - lightly elastic; Of liquid, having the power of keeping bodies aloft on its surface + Thomas Moore: song: As Vanquish'd Erin [air: The Boyne Waters].

rodman - an angler, fisherman

Ulysses.9.878: 'birthaiding hands'

several - private property or possession; separate, particular + several fishery - a right to fish derived through or on account of ownership of the soil + (notebook 1922-23): 'rescued from 7 ft of water'.

frisch (ger) - fresh + FDV: Ten The helping hands of five had rescued him from seven feet of semifresh water.

mush - a formless mass, anything soft and pulpy; umbrella (Slang)

pump - a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction; a low-cut shoe without fastenings + (public water pump).

white lock [031.15] [596.26] + (Finn).

fas (l) - divine law or command; fate, destiny; lawful, allowed + fast.

ekename - additional name, nickname + Budge: The Book of the Dead civ: 'to provide the deceased with hekau, "words of power"... magical formulae, the recital of which will enable him to carry out all his wishes and supply all his needs' + Robert Masters: "As mentioned, there are Words of Power (HEKAU)... They were, in fact, not "words" at all in the conventional sense but sacred sounds accompanied in each case by an image, a posture, gestures, rhythms and vibrations and still other accompaniments, having only a single significance and giving rise to no associations which might dilute the "Word's" power... In addition to this, each individual has Name given to that person by his/her Teacher which refers to the totality of that person's Being. This is the essential "magical" and "secret" Name of that person and it must be guarded with extreme care. Anyone who knows that assigned Name of the person has great power over him/her - power which can be used either constructively or destructively".

auch - eke, also

acnomina (l) - pl. of acnomen = surname, name acquired by a person to signalize some accomplishment, e.g. Scipio Africanus, Fabius Cunctator.

ecnumina (l) - outside of the divine will, outside the power of the gods

Hansard - a merchant of one of the hansa towns; the official report of the proceedings and debates of the Houses of Parliament; colloq. so called as having been compiled for a long period by Messrs. Hansard.

gar - to compel, make + to gar do, make, etc. - to cause to be done, make, etc. + gar (ger) - even; cooked.

ganz (ger) - whole, entire, all + gar Gans (ger) - cooked goose.

dub - a clumsy or stupid person

citta (it) - city

batty - crazy, insane

baton - a staff or stick used as a weapon, sometimes also of iron or iron-tipped; a club, cudgel, or truncheon + {speculations about the nature of the piece of wood}

hod - an open receptacle for carrying mortar, and sometimes bricks or stones, to supply builders at work

Heer (ger) - army + Herr (ger) - gentleman, Mr. + Heer (Dutch) - master, lord.

pencil-sharpener - an instrument for sharpening a black-lead or slate pencil by pushing or rotating it against a cutting edge

cup and ball - a toy consisting of a cup at the end of a stem to which a ball is attached by a string, the object being to toss the ball and catch it in the cup or on the spike end of the stem. Also the game played with this.

Reme - potential city that might have been founded by and named after Remus had he killed his brother Romulus

wiege (ger) - cradle + earwig.

waage (ger) - weighing machine, balance + Reference to a joke that man says to young lady, "Wenn ich eine Weige hatte, wurde ich etwas wagen" (If I had a cradle I'd dare something) instead of "Wenn ich eine Waage hatte, wurde ich etwas wiegen" (If I had a scale I'd weigh something).

immer (ger) - always

immoror (l) - to tarry in, to stay at, to linger near + immor (imor) (gael) - very big.

wager - to contend for a prize

casket - money-box or 'chest'; a small box or chest for jewels, letters, or other things of value, itself often of valuable material and richly ornamented + {cradle with a child in it, or a casket with a dead}

toties testes quoties questus (l) - how often complaints, so often witnesses (a witness will appear each time a complaint is made)

{the piece of wood}

maple - any of the trees or shrubs of the genus Acer, flourishing in northern temperate regions, many of which are grown for shade or ornament, some valued for their wood, and some for a sugar product (letters of Irish alphabet are names of trees).

willow - any plant of the genus Salix, which consists of trees and shrubs of various sizes, widely distributed in temperate and cold regions, growing for the most part by the side of watercourses, characterized by very pliant branches and long narrow drooping leaves.

hickory - a North American tree of the genus Carya, closely allied to the walnut, with tough heavy wood

yew - a tree of the genus Taxus (N.O. Coniferæ) widely distributed in the North Temperate Zone, esp. T. baccata, the common yew of Europe and Asia, having heavy elastic wood and dense dark-green foliage; often planted in churchyards, and regarded as symbolic of sadness.

chirrup - Of birds, etc.: To chirp, esp. with a more sustained and lively effect, approaching to twittering or warbling.