le mieux (fr) - the best
Antwerp - City in Belgium. James Joyce visited it in 1926 and called it "Gnantwerp" because of the mosquitoes (Letters I, 245).
musca (l) - a fly
corry = corrie - the name given in the Scottish Highlands to a more or less circular hollow on a mountain side, surrounded with steep slopes or precipices except at the lowest part, whence a stream usually flows.
WEIR'S PUB - James Weir and Co, wine and spirit merchants, 6-7 Burgh Quay, around the turn of the century.
THE ARCH - Pub, 32 Henry Street
smug - a smug person
THE SCOTCH HOUSE - Public house on Burgh Quay
THE OVAL - Public house, 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin + uva (l) - grape.
nayther (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - neither
erat (l) - there was, he [she, it] was + est (l) - there is, he [she, it] is + erit (l) - there will be, he [she, it] will be (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake).
non mihi sed lucifero (l) - not to me but to light-bringer (lucifer).
obesity - excessive fatness or corpulence + Obedientia civium urbis felicitas - the municipal motto of Dublin (''Happy the city where citizens obey'').
civilian - a non-military man or official
solicitude - anxiety, care, concern + felicity - happiness.
orb - the globe of the eye, the eye-ball; the eye
capitol - statehouse; capital + X
dea - abbr. of deacon + dea (l) - godess + dear
deltic - rel. to delta (fourth letter of the Greek alphabet)
origin - beginning of existence in reference to its source or cause
nu (gr) - letter N
extensive - extending over or occupying a large surface or space
expansive - expanding over or occupying a large surface or space, broad, extensive.
peopling - population
thoroughfare - a main road or street + O'CONNELL STREET - Dublin's principal thoroughfare, sometimes called "the world's widest street."
Philippic - name for the orations of Demosthenes against Philip king of Macedon in defence of Athenian liberty; hence applied to Cicero's orations against Antony, and gen. to any discourse of the nature of a bitter attack, invective, or denunciation + philohippikos (gr) - fond of horses.
theo- (gr) - god + bibosus (l) - given to drinking, fond of drink + theobibosus (gr-l) - god-drinking, god-drunken (O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake).
harmonize - to bring into harmony, agreement, or accord; to make harmonious.
gould - gold
foxy - sly, clever; Of a woman: attractive, desirable, sexy
bing bang - onomatopea of a heavy thump or a continued banging noise + bang (Slang) - fuck.
yer - your
rivet - a short nail or bolt for fastening together metal plates or the like; pl. money, coins.
shever = shiver
dinful - full of din or resonant noise, noisy
conny - a general epithet of approbation or satisfaction + concordial - characterized by concord, harmonious.
cordial - hearty; coming from the heart; an invigorating and stimulating medicine, food or drink.
grass way - a border of grass at the side of a road
rollick - to frolic, sport, or romp, in a joyous, careless fashion
wetted - made wet, moistened, damped
on the mash (Slang) - in constant pursuit of women
engage - to bind by a promise of marriage; to urge, exhort, persuade, induce.
plovery - abounding in plovers, characteristic of plover
descant - to play or sing an air in harmony with a fixed theme; gen. to warble, sing harmoniously; to discourse at large, enlarge (upon, on a theme).
beundre (Danish) - admire
loose - Of clothes: loosely fitting + blue
vine - a suit of clothes; a straw rope + eyes + with vine-leaves in his hair' - a recurrent motif in Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler".
loof - the palm of the hand + leafs
ankle - the joint between the foot and the leg
soapstone - a soft stone having a soapy feel
silver - Of sounds: Having a clear gentle resonance like that of silver; soft-toned, melodious + "Speech is silver, silence is golden".
'uise (ishi) (gael) - well, indeed + isha (Hebrew) - woman.
avourneen - darling, sweetheart
mill - a building specially designed and fitted with machinery for the grinding of corn into flour.
owned - possessed; acknowledged
brooklime - a species of speedwell
Georgian - of or resembling the style of architecture esp. domestic architecture, characteristic of the reigns of the first four Georges (kings of Britain 1714. - 1830.)
recruit - to increase or restore the vigour or health of (a person or animal); to refresh, re-invigorate (one's spirits, etc.)
copper - a vessel made of copper, particularly a large boiler for cooking or laundry purposes; a copper mug or vessel for liquor.
panful - a quantity that fills a pan
soybean - the bean of Glycine max., grown for food
Irish - Irish linen, snuff, whisky, etc.
arrear - a duty or liability overdue and still remaining undischarged, esp. a debt remaining unpaid.
erroribus (l) - to or for wanderings, meanderings, uncertainties, follies + Ouroborous - Greek name for an image of a serpent devouring its own tail, representing cyclicality and self-recreation, a major theme of FW.
embottle - to put into a bottle + embattled - filled or covered with troops in battle array.
churn - to agitate milk or cream in a churn so as to make butter + phrase turning over a new leaf.
more power to you - good luck
Oconee - river in Georgia
gaarden (Dutch) - the yard; yards, gardens