stage - conventionalised, stereotyped

to bring down the house - to evoke such demonstrative applause as threatens or suggests the downfall of the building.

bravo - capital! excellent! well done!

letter perfect - correct to the smallest detail

colossal - magnificent, stupendous + cul (fr) - arse.

Sprache (ger) - language, speech + spache (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - speech.

toe - to kick with a toe

shick (ger) - stylish + schich- (ger) - send + Schick (ger) - tact, due order + schicker (Yiddish) - drunk.

Klondiker - a prospector in the Klondike; an exporter of or dealer in fresh herring from the Scottish fisheries.

pioupiou - a popular name for a French private soldier + (notebook 1924): 'Pioupiouland Swabspays Land of Nod Shruggers Country Danubier pension - Home Barbaropolis' ('ry' and 'ion' not clear).

Pays Bas (fr) - Netherlands + swab (Slang) - uncouth fellow.

land of Nod - the state of sleep + Genesis 4:16: 'And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden' (after killing Abel).

shrug - to raise (and contract) the shoulders, esp. as an expression of disdain, indifference, disclaiming responsibility, etc.

pension (fr) - boarding-school, boarding-house + (notebook 1924): 'Pension Danubierheim'.

Barbarou polis (gr) - Barbarian's city + barbarus (l) - foreign, savage

stratify - to divide or arrange into classes, castes or social strata

hebdomadary - occuring every seven days

metropolis (gr) - mother-city + archi- (gr) - chief + hebdomodary metropoliarchialisation (gr) - making-the-mother-city-a-capital (allusion to the Easter Week Rebellion of 1916) + (notebook 1924): 'metropoliarchialisation' Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 161 (sec. 159): 'When we examine these coined words, we find that by far the greater number of them are framed on classical lines, for instance... metropoliarchy... deanthropomorphization'.

blister - to be or become covered with blisters + blistered (Slang) - drunk.

plaster - to treat medicinally with a plaster + plastered (Slang) - drunk.

gory - covered with gore, stained with blood, bloody + gory-eyed (Slang) - drunk.

wheedle - to entice or persuade by soft flattering words + reeling (Slang) - drunk .

jovial - characterized by hearty mirth, humour, or good fellowship + jolly, joyous (Slang) - drunk.

lecherous - lustful, lewd + litch - body + lit (Slang) - drunk.

full (Slang) - drunk

order off - to dismiss, get rid of + FDV: Low wretched tutor that he was he used to boast that he had been put out of all the best Klondyker families who had settled in the capital city after its metropoliarchialisation generally in most cases on account of his smell which all cookmaids objected to. In place of tutoring the these best outlander families plain wholesome handwriting (a thing he never possessed of his own) what do you think he did but copy studied with stolen fruit how to copy all their various styles of signature they had so as to utter large forged cheques in public for his own profit until, as just related, the Dublin United Scullerymaids & house helps kicked him the source of annoyance out of the place altogether in the heat of the moment on account of his stink? making some remark as they did so about the way he stunk.

cookmaid - a maid or female servant employed in cooking, or as assistant to a cook.

well - to issue or flow forth or out, to emanate out of

tutor - to give special or individual instruction to; to teach, instruct (in a subject) + DRAFT TWO: Instead of tutoring those best families plain wholesome handwriting (a thing he never possessed of his own) what do you think he did but study with stolen fruit how best to copy all their various styles of signature so as one day to utter a colossal forged cheque in public for his own private profit until, as just related, the Dublin United Scullery maids' & Housekeeps' Sorority, treated him kicked the source of annoyance out of the place altogether in the heat of the moment, making some pointed remarks as they did so about the low way he stunk.

eminent - exalted, dignified in rank or station

puzzo (it) - stench, stink

pozzo (it) - cesspool, privy

household - the inmates of a house collectively; an organized family, including servants or attendants, dwelling in a house; a domestic establishment.

pothook - a curved or hooked stroke made in writing, a scrawl; now usually applied to a hooked stroke, as an element of handwriting, made by children in learning to write. 

Nigerian - of or pertaining to Nigeria or its inhabitants + niger (l) - black, wicked, false

vulgarian - a vulgar person; freq., a well-to-do or rich person of vulgar manners.

(notebook 1924): 'study with fruit'

cutely - in a cute (acute, clever, keen-witted) manner

epical - of the nature of an epic, or of epic poetry

on the public - publicly, openly; without concealment

dustbin - a bin or receptacle for the dust, ashes, and other refuse of a house + Dublin

scullerymaid - a maid concerned with the care of the plates, dishes, and kitchen utensils + James Joyce: A Portrait V: 'a church which was the scullerymaid of christendom'.

househelp - a domestic servant or 'help'

sorority - a body or company of women united for some common object

sluttery - sluttishness, filthiness, dirtiness, untidiness + city's + song Slattery's Mounted Foot.

melted + owl (Slang) - prostitute.

Futt (ger, slang) - vagina

turn down - to reject, refuse to accept

taytotally (Anglo-Irish Dialect) - utterly, entirely

in the heat of the moment - without thought, while being influenced by excitement

conk - the nose

scrub - to clean (esp. a floor, wood, etc.) by rubbing with a hard brush and water + (notebook 1924): 'scrubwomen'.

turk - a native or inhabitant of Turkey

whiff - to inhale, sniff; to smell

polecat - a small dark-brown coloured carnivorous quadruped

point to point - direct, straight, categorical

prospect - a thing considered to be suitable for a particular purpose; aspect, a view


aboon - above + about

hear - to receive a message or letter from

wadmel - a coarse rough woolen fabric used for warm clothing

jumper - a sleevess dress or skirt with a bib for women worn usu. with a blouse or sweater.

culotte - a divided skirt + culottes (fr) - woman's knickers.

William Shakespeare: Hamlet I.5.188-189: 'The time is out of joint. O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right!'

The oldest [Hens] being always reckoned the best Sitters, and the youngest the best Layers; ...The hens are of a bad breed and are infrequent layers. 

to get the boot - to 'kick out', dismiss


status quo - the existing state of affairs + ante - - before + status quo ante (l) - the position in which [affairs were] before [some event] + DRAFT TWO: One cannot even begin to imagine how really low such a creature really was. Who knows how many unsigned first copies of original masterpieces, how many pseudostylous shamiana, how few of the most venerated public impostures, how very many palimpsests slipped from that plagiarist pen? 

excommunicate - (Eccl.) To cut off from communion; to exclude, by an authoritative sentence, from participation in the sacraments and services of the church, or from religious rites in general + Joyce spent part of his youth living in Drumcondra.

The National University of Ireland also comprises five other institutions: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth; St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra; Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin; and St. Angela's College of Education, Sligo. 

natus (l) - born

hamis (Hungarian) - false, base, counterfeit

..."how many unsigned copies of original masterworks, how many pseudostylic"... (The same cheat, probably as the one in FW 180.21. The printer of This Quarter again jumps down before having finished his line. From line 22 of the typscript, with two and a half words to go, he surreptitiously cuts the corner after "how many" and continues, as if his nose bleeds (as we say in Holland: acting as though it's no concern of his), one lap down after the "how many" there and finishes the five words left on line 23. I don't think Joyce ever proofread with the old text next to the new, so these mistakes, that don't ruin the sentence grammatically, are not so easy to notice.)        Robbert-Jan Henkes, 22.05.2002 

pseudo - - false, pretended, counterfeit, spurious