pelt - Applied to the human skin (humorous or dial.) + in one's birthday suit - naked.

tutu - a ballet skirt made up of layers of stiff frills + tutti i sensi (it) - in full sense.

blancmange - a dessert made from gelatinous substances + blanches mains (fr) - white hands.

rot off - to undergo natural decomposition, to decay, putrefy

winking - dosing, slumbering, the shutting of the eyes

cut - design characterizing a garment, appearence

flirting + fleur (fr) - flower.

glass = gloss - a deceptively attractive external appearence

somewhere + stoma (gr) - mouth.

sink - to degrade; to penetrate into, to press on one

hire and fire - to engage the service of (a person) for a stipulated reward; to employ for wages.

barren - Of persons: Mentally unproductive; unresponsive, dull, yielding no mental fruit. 

ewe - a Top-woman among the Canting Crew, very Beautiful + bare eye - 'naked eye' + rachel (Hebrew) - ewe (Dante, Purgatorio XXVII.104: (Leah speaking of Rachel, both being Jacob's wives) 'my sister Rachel never stirs, But sits before her mirror all the day... Action is my delight, reflection hers').

tay (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - tea + 'Tea for Two is a song from the 1925 musical 'No, No, Nanette' with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar. It is a duet sung by Nanette and Tom in Act II as they imagine their future. The words are usually given as: Picture me upon your knee Just tea for two and two for tea Just you for me and me for you Alone! / Nobody near us to see us or hear us, No friends or relations on weekend vacations, We won't have it known, dear, that we own A telephone! / Day will break and you'll awake And I will bake a sugar cake For you to take and all the boys to see. / We will raise a family, A girl for you, a boy for me, Can't you see how happy we would be?

angst - anguish + thanks + Angst (German) =  angst (Dutch) - fear, anxiety.

to take (a thing) amiss - orig. to miss its meaning, mistake (i.e. (a) miss-take); now, to misinterpret its motive or to interpret it in a bad sense, to take offence at.

esteem - to estimate generally; to deem, think

buttend - a buttock + odd - singular in valour, worth, merit, or eminence; unique, remarkable.

mushy - weakly sentimental + mish mash - a disorderly mixture.


acquister - one who acquires, or obtains for himself

codling - a young or small cod; a raw youth (obs.); a variety of apple, any immature apple (Genesis).

snakelet - a young or small snake

diaper - a linen fabric woven with a small and simple pattern, formed by the different  directions of the thread and consisting of lines crossing diamond-wise.

drear - sadness, gloom + tears

pale + pelele (sp) - man of straw, insignificant fellow.

weep - weeping, lamentation

buttercup - a name popularly applied to species of Ranunculus bearing yellow cup-shaped flowers.

peachest - sup. of peachy (unusually fine, dandy)

meddler - one who meddles (to mix or join in company; to have sexual intercourse (with); to interpose, take part in. Now always expressive of disapprobation, to concern oneself or take part interferingly.)

fig - the least bit, the merest trifle

contempt - the condition of being contemned or despised, dishonour, disgrace.

courting - the paying of courteous attention (in order to win favour or love), wooing.

chide - to give loud or impassioned utterance to anger, displeasure, disapprobation, reproof.

dazzling - that dazzles the eyes (esp. with brightness); brilliant or splendid to a degree that dazzles.

pore - to look intently or fixedly, to gaze; to look at something (usu. a book) with fixed attention, in the way of study.

volume - a collection of written or printed sheets bound together so as to form a book.

stark - wholly, absolutely; loudly; pure, bare

spill - kill, destroy, spoil; to give forth in an overflowing manner, pour freely

swoon - to drift languidly or die away, go into ecstasies

thwarter - one who or that which thwarts, an opponent, adversary

transnomino (l) - to change the name of a person or thing + lit. ubernehmen (ger) - take over.


Shakespeare + Stoker, Bram (1847-1912) - Irish author of Dracula. FW 145.24-32 becomes more comprehensible if you know that Stoker wrote a jesting piece, claiming Elizabeth I was really a man. The piece was taken seriously by a Mr Titterton, who claimed in New Witness, 1913, that Elizabeth-the-man wrote Shakespeare's plays. 

choreal - rel. to chorea (St. Vitus's dance, a name given to the dancing madness)

jaculation - the act of pitching, throwing or hurling + ejaculation

of (Dutch) - whether, if, or

Leib (ger) - stomach; body + believe



yep - yes


hap - happening, chance, fortune + have

causerie - informal talk or discussion, esp. on literary topics

improve on - to improve or make useful additions or amendments to

keen - Of persons: Eager, ardent, fervid; full of, or manifesting, intense desire, interest, etc.

NEW FREE WOMAN - Journal founded by Dora Marsden in 1913; title was changed to Egoist in 1914, and Harriet Weaver shortly afterward became editor. James Joyce's A Portrait was published in installments, 1914-15. 

tickle - stimulate, provoke, amuse, to provide with pleasure or enjoyment

surplus - that is in excess of what is taken, used, or needed + surplice

gentleman who pays the rent (Anglo-Irish) - pig

pie - pious; moralizing, preaching

root out - to discover and bring to light

Bram Stoker

thrall - bondman, slave, slavery, oppresion, suffering + thrill

Dracula - king of the vampires, invented by Bram Stoker

flush - a sudden flood or rush of emotion, thrill; rush

draw - to represent in words, describe; to pull (a curtain, veil, cloth, etc.) over something so as to cover or conceal it.

the shades - the darkness of the nether world; the abode of the dead, Hades + shade - a window-blind.


halve - to divide into two halves or equal parts + have a banana (Slang) - have sexual intercourse.

torchlight - the light of a torch