tomtom = tamtam + Thonar or Thon - god worshipped in England and on the Continent, maybe a form of Thor because his name is that of the Teutonic word for "thunder" + "Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin".
thonder = thunder
to put the wind up (a person) - to frighten someone
peeler - policeman; stripteaser; a plunderer, robber, thief
to throw one's hat into the ring - to take up a challenge + Joyce's note 'hat in the ring'
prison - to put in prison
withers - In a horse, The highest part of the back, lying between the shoulder-blades + Joyce's note: 'piss up your legs & play with with the steam' → Douglas: London Street Games 20: (quoting an argument between two children) 'Piss up yer leg, an play wiv the steam'.
mikel = mickle - a large sum or amount
nickel - a one cent piece partly made of nickel
slot - the opening in a slot-machine for the reception of a coin. Also (slang), a slot-machine.
sheila - a young woman, girl + Joyce's note: 'Sheila Harnett' → Irish Times 6 Jan 1923, 5/6: 'County Kerry. Death Sentence. Several People Arrested': 'Peter O'Connell... who was tried... on a charge of taking part in an attack on National troops... was convicted and sentenced to death... Sheila Harnett... and... as well as... and... have been brought to Tralee from Kenmare, and lodged in the county jail'.
adam (Hebrew) - man + el (Hebrew) - god.
ell - a measure of length varying in different countries. The English ell = 45 in; "L" + Douglas: London Street Games 89: (from the book's index) 'Adam and Ell, 55' ('Douglas: London Street Games 55: (listing girls' rope chants) 'Mademoiselle went to the Well (which is interesting because they have forgotten what 'mademoiselle' means and now call it Adam and Ell)').
humble bee = bumble bee + bumble - a bumble bee; a confusion, jumble; an idler + nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty + Douglas: London Street Games 94: (from the book's index) 'Humble-bumble, 80'.
moggy - house cat, cow, calf + Douglas: London Street Games 96: (from the book's index) 'Moggies on the wall, 16' (Douglas: London Street Games 16n: 'Moggies are cats').
Douglas: London Street Games 101: (from the book's index) 'Two's and three's, 25, 71'.
Douglas: London Street Games 89: (from the book's index) 'American jump, 26'.
Douglas: London Street Games 92: (from the book's index) 'Fox come out of your den, 6'.
Douglas: London Street Games 90: (from the book's index) 'Broken bottle, 21'
Punch - the name of the principal character, a grotesque hump-backed figure, in the puppet-show called Punch and Judy + Douglas: London Street Games 102: (from the book's index) 'Writing letter to Punch, 15'.
tiptop - top, summit, the highest class of society; excellent + Douglas: London Street Games 101: (from the book's index) 'Tip-top is a sweets store, 56'.
crump - humpback; thump, blow; bomb
Douglas: London Street Games 98: (from the book's index) 'Postman's knock, 77'
Val Vousden: song: 'Are We Fairly Represented?'
Douglas: London Street Games 100: (from the book's index) 'Solomon silent reading, 16'
Douglas: London Street Games 89: (from the book's index) 'Apple-tree, peartree, etc., 47' (47: 'Appletree, peartree, plumtree pie, How many children before I die?').
Douglas: London Street Games 94: (from the book's index) 'I know a washerwoman, etc., 32' (32: 'I know a washerwoman, she knows me, She invited me to tea, Guess what we had for supper -- Stinking fish and bread and butter').
Douglas: London Street Games 94: (from the book's index) 'Hospitals, 56'
Douglas: London Street Games 89: (from the book's index) 'As I was walking, etc., 28' (28: 'As I was walking through the City Half past eight o'clock at night, There I met a Spanish lady Washing out her clothes at night').
Drumcolliher - "Hazelwood Ridge": Town, Co Limerick, South of Newcastle West. Percy French's song "Drumcolliher" praises D as a town which everyone should visit: "There's only one house in Drumcolliher / For hardware, bacon, and ten."
Douglas: London Street Games 89: (from the book's index) 'Battle of Waterloo, 79'
Douglas: London Street Games 91: (from the book's index) 'Colours, 26' (26: 'some of the best girls' games are with skipping ropes. They have... Colours').
Douglas: London Street Games 92: (from the book's index) 'Eggs in the bush, 68'
haberdasher - a dealer in small articles appertaining to dress, as thread, tape, ribbons, etc.; Formerly also a drink-seller + Douglas: London Street Games 93: (from the book's index) 'Haberdasher isher, etc., 55' (55: 'Haberdasher Isher Asher Om Pom Tosh').
Douglas: London Street Games 100: (from the book's index) 'Telling your dream, 81'
Douglas: London Street Games 102: (from the book's index) 'What's the time, 79'
Douglas: London Street Games 96: (from the book's index) 'Nap, 6'
duck - avoid, evade, to plunge under water
mammy = mamma + Douglas: London Street Games 91: (from the book's index) 'Ducking mummy, 72, 88'.
Douglas: London Street Games 95: (from the book's index) 'Last man standing, 79'
Ali Baba - the name of the principal character in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from the Arabian Nights + baboon - as a term of abuse; cf. ape + Punch (July 2, 1887) calls the Parliamentary Parnellites "The Forty Thieves"; with Tim Healy; Teague is a common name for an Irishman, like Paddy
forky - divided in two or more branches
fickle - inconstant, uncertain, unreliable
futile - useless, ineffectual, vain
handmaid - a personal maid or female servant + song Barnaby Finegan: 'I married but once in my life, But I'll never commit such a sin again'.
zip - to move or act with speed, to close or open with zipper + song Old Zip Coon.
in the straw - in childbed, lying in (childbearing); (of corn) not yet threshed + song Turkey in the Straw.
lusty - pleasing, pleasant (obs.) + song 'Here we go gathering nuts in May, On a cold and frosty morning... This is the way we wash our hands'.
Millikin, Richard (1767-1815) - author of "The Groves of Blarney" + song Finnegan's Wake, chorus: 'Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake'.
tooth-brush moustache - (humorous), a bristly moustache
James Joyce: Ulysses.7.403: 'It was Pat Farrell shoved me, sir'
graze - to fatten; to roughen or abrade (the skin or a part of the body) in rubbing or brushing past + grease - to smear or anoint with grease + Joyce's note: 'O lay by the fat for to grease the priest's boots' → Irish Independent 8 Jan 1924, 6/5: 'The Shoe-Black Artists': 'city people only used polish. In the country boots were greased, and goose grease being the most fashionable and highly thought of was used by the clergy. An old ballad begins: "Oh! lay by the fat to grease the priest's boots"' + song The Priest in His Boots.
song Enniscorthy: 'and the steam was like a rainbow round McCarthy'
notoriously - in a notorious manner; as a matter of common knowledge; recognizedly, admittedly.
bludgeon - a short stout stick or club; to hit with a bludgeon, beat + (notebook 1922-23): 'surprisingly nice day'.
Trinity Sunday - the Sunday next after Whit-Sunday (a festival in honour of the Trinity) + Joyce's note: 'bloody Sunday'.
all star - composed of stars or of outstanding players or performers
bout - a contest or match esp. of boxing or wrestling; attack + Joyce's note: 'star bout'
Joyce's note: 'fighting man extraordinary'
thick - a thick-headed or stupid person
aisy (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - easy + song La Marseillaise.
to speak or look daggers - to speak or look fiercely, savagely or angrily + song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.
red + rot (ger) - red + Samuel Roth pirated 'Ulysses'.
white + weiss (ger) - white.
blue + blau (ger) - blue.
noir (fr) - black
rouge (fr) - red
Black and Tans - popular name for an armed force specially recruited to combat the Sinn-Feiners in 1921, so named from the mixture (black and khaki) of constabulary and military uniforms worn by them.
tan - a brown color (of sun)
categorically - absolutely, positively, unconditionally
imperative - an action, etc. involving or expressing a command; a command
maxim - a rule or principle of conduct
rank - strong, powerful; unreasonably high in amount, ecessive
funk - cowering fear, a state of panic or shrinking terror
to get the better of - to obtain (a position of superiority or advantage over)
scut - a contemptible fellow
fit - the manner in which clothing fits a wearer
pyjamas - loose drawers or trousers, usually of silk or cotton, tied round the waist, worn by both sexes in Turkey, Iran, India, etc., and adopted by Europeans in those countries, especially for night wear.
leveret - a young hare, strictly one in its first year
for dear life - so as to save, or, as if to save, one's life + Joyce's note: 'fly for his life'
talvi (Finnish) - winter
a hon (Hungarian) = a haza (Hungarian) - the fatherland + ahany haz annyi szokas (Hungarian proverb) - as many countries as many customs + honn (Hungarian) - at home + haza (Hungarian) - homeward + ochone! (Anglo-Irish) = ochón! (Irish) - alas!
without striking a blow - without a struggle
pistol + pig (Slang) - sixpence + Meillet & Cohen: Les Langues du Monde 142: 'Example (in Afar): ala yo-k bata wah ani-k ramili yo utuq: camel me to was lost I miss I am because sand me throw. "Throw me some sand, since I cannot find the camel that I have lost"' (sand throwing is a form of divination for finding lost items).
lag - to linger, loiter, steal + to leg it - to use the legs, to walk fast or run + lag (Slang) - to serve as convict; to deport as convict.
to shake boast - to boast, swagger + shake - to brandish or flourish threateningly (a weapon) + dust (Slang) - money + shook (Slang) - stole, robbed.
Meillet & Cohen: Les Langues du Monde 141: 'Couchitique' (French 'Cushitic'; Afar is an Eastern Cushitic language of North-East Africa).
go from bad to worse - to become worse + (notebook 1922-23): 'the worse for drink' → Leader 11 Nov 1922, 319/1: 'Current Topics (on 'the drink evil')': 'poor fellows... make their way home as best they can in the small hours of the morning much the worse of drink... the constable arrived back at the barrack the worse of drink!'
boose - alcoholic drink, chiefly beer; U.S. esp. spirits
afar - far, far away, at or to a distance; fig. remotely
box - to fight with fists; now mostly of purely athletic practice with boxing-gloves.
fortepiano - loud than immediately soft (direction in music); An early name of the pianoforte (a musical instrument producing tones by means of hammers, operated by levers from a keyboard, which strike metal strings, the vibrations being stopped by dampers).
bump - to strike heavily or firmly
bedtick - a large flat quadrangular bag or case, into which feathers, hair, straw, chaff, or other substances are put to form a bed.
SWITZER'S - Long-established deptartment store on Grafton Street [Joyce's note: 'Switzers']
almanac - an annual table, or (more usually) a book of tables, containing a calendar of months and days, with astronomical data and calculations, ecclesiastical and other anniversaries, besides other useful information, and, in former days, astrological and astrometeorological forecasts + Telemachos (gr) - "Fighting-from-afar": son of Odysseus and Penelope.
sunbonnet - a light bonnet with a projection in front and a cape behind to protect the head and neck from the sun + somnus (l) - sleep.
whot = hot