horolge - a timepiece, a dial, hourglass or clock

Big Ben - tower clock famous for its accuracy and for its 13-ton bell (London) + song The Wren: 'The king of all birds'.

fuit (l) - there was, he [she, it] was

est (l) - there is, he [she, it] is + isst (ger) - eats + ist (ger) - is.

herit (l) - there will be, he [she, it] will be

mildew - a morbid destructive growth upon plants, consisting of minute fungi, and having usually the appearance of a thin whitish coating.

mouldy - overgrown or covered with mould; hence, decaying or decayed + mouldy (Dublin Slang) - drunk + stone - to hurl stones, to kill with stones, to make numb or insensible + stoned (Slang) - drunk.

quercus (l) - oak, oak-tree

plane - a tree of the genus platanus, platain

megalopolis - a very large city

faun - one of a class of rural deities; at first represented like men with horns and the tail of a goat, afterwards with goats' legs like the Satyrs, to whom they were assimilated in lustful character.

blank - an empty place or space

carucate - old English unit of land (120 acres) + carruca (l) - four-wheeled coach.

hold (ger) - gracious, lovely

shipshaped - arranged properly, as things on board ship should be; trim, orderly.

graminivorous - eating or feeding on grass

manoir - a manor house or country residence


stock - to lay up in store; esp. To keep (goods) in stock for sale.

pudor (l) - shame + Puder (ger) - powder.

pink'un - a nickname for a newspaper printed on pink paper + SPORTING TIMES - The weekly "chronicle of racing, literature, art, and the drama," known as "The Pink'un," published in London 1865-1931 (published a hostile review of Ulysses) + Pinkham, Lydia - American purveyor of a female tonic. 

pellet - any globe, ball, or spherical body, usually one of small size; a ball of some plastic or soft substance, esp. of medicine or food, a pill.  

Foot, Lundy - Mr Senn says, opened a tobacco establishment in Dublin (1758), where he sold: "Superfine Pig-tails for Ladies!" Once he asked J. P. Curran what motto should go on his carriage and was told: "Quid Rides" (Latin 'what are you laughing at') + mundi- (l) - clean- + song Slattery's Mounted Foot.

miseria (l) - wretchedness + Miserius (l) - male embodiment of Misery.

pinch - a nip, a squeeze

superfine - very fine

pigtail - a tight braid of hair

ceresia (l) - cherry

keros (gr) - beeswax, sealing-wax

quid - pound sterling + Quid rides? [Mutato nomine de te / fabula narratur] - "What are you laughing at? [The name changed, the story is told about you]" (Horace, Satire I.i.69)

ride - an excursion or journey in some vehicle or conveyance, now esp. a public one; an act of sexual intercourse (slang).

Titus Andronicus - title, hero of Shakespeare's play, in which Caius and Sempronius are also characters.   

notion - an idea or concept + a nation of shopkeepers - Napoleon's comment on the English.

shop keeper - the proprietor of a retail store, an article that has remained long in the shop unsold + Shakespeare + (notebook 1923): 'William Shokkeeper Shopskeeper'.

duke - In some European countries: A sovereign prince, the ruler of a small state called a duchy.

shot (Slang) - fucked

quean (Slang) - whore

a game of swans - a flock of swans kept for pleasure

Stromboli - one of the Lipari Islands (with volcano)

mote (Archaic) - may

fier (fr) - proud

womankind - the females of the human race; a female person

pietas (l) - sorrow

drift - an accumulation of snow driven together by the wind

chaperon - a round stuffed covering for the head

to shed blood - to destroy human life by violent means + gore - blood.

quies (l) - rest, repose + peace and quiet(ness) - freedom from disturbance or perturbation (esp. as a condition in which an individual person is). 

Souvenir of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Opening of The Gaiety Theatre 37: 'Miss Cissy Graham's entertaining "Triple Bill"'.

polis - a Greek city state

hove - to pass by, to go floating or soaring + go by - to pass without notice, to pass unheeded + hoved by (Danish) - 'capital', literally 'chief city' (hoved (Danish) - head, and by (Danish) - town); Like metro for the polis, a city is dismantled.

plenish - to fill up

dearth - a condition in which food is scarce and dear; often, in earlier use, a famine.

hock - the wine called in German Hochheimer, produced at Hochheim on the Main; hence, commercially extended to other white German wines.

emery = emery bag - a small cloth bag filled with powdered emery and used for polishing and sharpening needles.

pole (Slang) - penis + passer (French Slang) - fuck.

orchestra (Slang) - testicle

midwife - a woman who assists other women in childbirth, a female accoucheur.

fand sted (Danish) - 'took place' + stead - a space or place assigned to or occupied by a person; a seat (obs.) 

endo (gr) - inter

calamity - a grievous disaster, an event or circumstance causing loss or misery.

delict - a violation of law or right; an offence, a delinquency + delictum (l) - crime, transgression + delicious

entree - a 'made dish', served between the fish and the joint

finish off - to bring to an end

savourie = savoury - a savoury dish, served at the beginning or end of a dinner as a stimulant to appetite or digestion.

flout - a mocking speech or action; a piece of mockery, jeer, scoff

forecast - a forecasting or anticipation; a conjectural estimate or account, based on present indications, of the course of events or state of things in the future, esp. with regard to the weather.

flair for - liking, taste, enthusiasm

fray - a disturbance, esp. one caused by fighting; a noisy quarrel; a fight, skirmish, conflict.

fairground - an enclosure where outdoor fairs, circuses or exhibitions are held.

idle - that which is useless, vain, or frivolous (obs.); an idle person, idler (obs.) + Lane-Poole: The Speeches & Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad xxi: (in the Kaaba) 'the three hundred and sixty idols, one for each day of the year, which Mohammad afterwards destroyed in one day'.

Lane-Poole: The Speeches & Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad xxiii: 'An Arab, who wished to avenge the death of his father, went to consult the square block of white stone called El-Khalasa' (i.e. the Kaaba; the name means salvation).

henwives = pl. of henwife - a woman who raises poultry; a bawd + Lane-Poole: The Speeches & Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad xxv: 'These men were called "Hanifs," or "incliners," and their religion seems to have consisted chiefly in a negative position, - in denying the superstition of the Arabs' + Lane-Poole: The Speeches & Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad xxiv: (before Mohammad's birth) 'a prophet was expected, and women were anxiously hoping for male children'.

flaitheamhlach (flahulokh) (gael) = flahoolagh (Anglo-Irish) - princely; generous, hospitable

grasping - that grasps, eager for gain, greedy

paschal - a large white candle lighted in a church on the evening before easter.

forbid - to exclude, keep back, hinder, restrain; to render impossible or undesirable.

cineris (l) - ashes

pile - to form into a pile or heap; to heap up

Pelion (gr) - high mountain in Thessaly, a continuation of Ossa (also high mountain in Thessaly) + Pelion on Ossa (Odyssey XI) - Latin 'mountain on mountain' (the Titans Otos and Ephialtes tried to pile Ossa on Olympus and Pelion on Ossa in order to climb to heaven and attack the gods).

Hercules' Pillars - the rocks Calpé (now Gibraltar) and Abyla (Ceuta), on either side of the Strait of Gibraltar, thought by the ancients to be the supports of the western boundary of the world, and to have been set up by Hercules + pilula (l) - little ball + pilule (fr) - pill + hircus (l) - goat.

Oedipus complex - in psychoanalytic theory, a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a concomitant sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex.