sixpenny - costing six pence; paltry, petty, worth only sixpence

stile = style - the manner of expression characteristic of a particular writer + Lady Dufferin: Lament of the Irish Emigrant (song): 'I'm sitting on the stile, Mary'.

unfrocked (notebook 1922-23) → unfrocked: (of a cleric) deprived of office by stripping him of his gown.

Sackfriar - a member of a mendicant order of the 13th and early 14th c., who were clothed in sackcloth + Black friar - a friar of the Dominican order, so named because wearing the black mantle of the Dominicans + quack - an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice + SDV: sitting on a crooked sixpenny style [you (will you [just] help me with the word?)] unfullfrocked blackfriar [(that describes you)], Europasianised Afferyank!

for the love of - for the sake of, on account of


Semitic peoples: Akkadians (migrated into Mesopotamia in the late 4th millennium BC and amalgamate with non-Semitic Mesopotamian (Sumerian) populations into the Assyrians and Babylonians of the Late Bronze Age), Phoenicians (founded Mediterranean colonies including Carthage), Sabaeans of Yemen, Arabs, Hebrews...

serendipitist - one who finds valuable or agreeable things not sought for

Affe (ger) - monkey + afer (l) - African + Joyce's note: 'Europasianised afferyank' + (Europeanised African-American).

drowner - one who drowns, or suffer drowning + James Macpherson: The Poems of Ossian: Fingal IV: 'The dagger... which he loved. Nine times he drowned it in Dala's side'.

liege - the superior to whom one owes feudal allegiance and service

lit. bis jetzt (ger) - until now

front yard - an area in front of a house + James Macpherson: The Poems of Ossian: Fingal II: (of Degrena, the spouse of fallen Crugal) 'She is a stranger in the hall of her grief' (glossed in a footnote: 'Crugal had married Degrena but a little time before the battle').

heal - health, well being; healing, cure + 'Heil Hitler! Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer' (Nazi slogan).

gob - a lump or large mouthful of food

gap (Swedish) = gab (Danish) - open mouth

gulp - as much as is swallowed at a gulp

gorger - someone who eats food rapidly and greedily

orison - a prayer + origin of species.

novena - a devotion consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days

NOVARA - Avenue in Bray, County Wicklow 

Patris podex (l) - Father's arse, Father's bum + patrimonium (l) - paternal estate.

am (ger) - at the

bummel - a leisurely stroll or journey

oaf - an elf's child, a goblin child, a supposed changeling left by the elves or fairies

out of work - having no work to do + (notebook 1922-23): 'out-of-works' Daily Sketch 21 Dec 1922, 2/2: 'Stink-Bomb Plot Nipped in the Bud': 'Organised coercion of the public by the "Red" corrupters of the unemployed... an S.O.S. was spread among the out-of-works asking for men with a knowledge of chemistry'.

remove - a step or stage in gradation of any kind; esp. in phr. but one remove from + removed.

unwashed - not cleaned; ignorant, plebeian

on one's keeping - on one's guard ("Henceforth, be at your keeping well," "To be more upon their keeping, to prevent treachery") + on his keeping (Anglo-Irish) - in flight from authorities, on the run from the police, fugitive (from Irish: ar a choimhéad) + Genesis 4:9: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' + SDV: There grew up beside you, on his keeping & in yours,

pose - to put or set forth, propound; to suppose (obs.) + Zip Coon (song): 'O ole Zip Coon he is a larned skoler, / Sings posum up a gum tree an conny in a holler.... / I pose you heard ob de battle New Orleans, / Whar ole Gineral Jackson gib de British beans.'

possum - opossum

cause - because of, because + possum feigns death to avoid capture.

haint - have not

like a possum up a gum-tree - contented, completely happy, in the best of spirits and contentment + gumption - fortitude and determination, courage.

immaculatus (l) - unstained

altruist + James Macpherson: The Poems of Ossian: Fingal I: 'Carril of other times' (i.e. old).

celestine - celestial (rel. to the sky, heaven, angels, etc.); one of a sect (called also Celestians) named after Cælestius, an associate of Pelagius, in the 5th c. The Celestine heresy was derived from the Pelagian heresy. According to the Tripartite Life, Celestine I gave Patrick his name, Patricus, but sent Palladius to convert Ireland, thus disappointing Patrick + caelestinus (l) - heavenly.  

sped - p. of speed (to go or move with speed; to succeed or prosper)

aloft - in heaven, to heaven + SDV: that other, that pure one, he who was well known in heaven heavenly circles above long before he arrived there,

physician - one who practises the healing art, including medicine and surgery + Chiniquy: The Priest, the Woman and the Confessional 102: 'Her most happy hours are when she is at the feet of that spiritual physician, showing him all the newly-made wounds of her soul, and explaining all her constant temptations, her bad thoughts, her most intimate secret desires and sins.'

seduce - to lead astray in conduct or belief

selfwilling - spontaneous + selfwilled - governed by one’s own will.

caelebs (l) - unmarried

winning - attractive, charming

counterfoil - the part of a check that is retained as a record, stub paper connected to the note retained by issuer authority for record keeping + feuille (fr) - leaf, page.

lotetree - the jujube-tree, identified with the tree that bore the mythical lotus-fruit + Koran 56:52: (a description of hell) 'Amid thornless lote-trees' + lottery.

chum - a habitual companion, an associate, an intimate friend

angelet - a little angel, a cherub + SDV: the a chum of the angels,

Youth wanted (Joyce's note) Irish Times 21 Nov 1922, 1/6: 'WANTED, a smart Youth for Office in leading City Firm... Wanted, smart Youth. Apprentice to Gents' Outfitting and Clothing'.

Reporters - in Islam, two angels who record good and evil deeds and words of every man

petit (fr) - small

game - having a resolute unyielding spirit; an amusement or pastime

little + (notebook 1924): 'let you nurse my dolly Lend my scooter 'tend you're my big brudder ask yr Mother let you come & play Please!'

Earp, T. W. ("Tommy") - writer, special friend of Wyndham Lewis in the late 1920s. 

kindergarten - a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school + Joyce's note: 'kindergarten' Sporting Times 1 Apr 1922, 4: 'The Scandal of Ulysses' (review of Ulysses by Aramis): (an extract from Nausicaa) 'displays Joyce in a mood of kindergarten delicacy'. 


scooter - child's two-wheeled vehicle operated by foot

dad + død (Danish) - dead

terrify - to make much afraid, to fill with terror; to torment, harass + teddy - plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials) + {children squeeze him like a teddy bear}

musk - Short for musk apple, pear + Mohammed on death: 'the soul cometh out like the smell of the best musk, so that verily it is handed from one angel to another'.

from hand to hand - from one person to another, through a series or succession of hands

smothered - suppressed, concealed, restrained, kept down or under in some manner + (notebook 1924): 'mothersmothered'.

goodlooker - one who has a good looks

toilette - dress, costume, 'get up' + SDV: a flawless model whose spiritual toilette was the talk of the town, a youth they wanted up in heaven,

daybreak - dawn + Donnybrook - district of Dublin.

donning - pres. p. of don (to put on, dress in, to clothe)

nuncheon - afternoon snack (light meal between lunch and dinner)

teatime - a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes + five set times of day for Muslim prayer: just after sunset, at nightfall, at daybreak, just after noon and in mid afternoon.

lay low - to bring to the ground, to overthrow in fight, to stretch lifeless; fig.: To abase, humble + (Cain slaying Abel).

meddle - medley (combat, conflict; a mixture, a mixed company) + 'One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night / Two dead men got up to fight' (song).

bosom friend - an especially good friend

muss - to make messy or untidy

speller - a spelling-book + Muspell (Old Norse) - name of the realm of life.

frontispiece - an illustration facing the title-page of a book or division of a book

innards - internal organs collectively (especially those in the abdominal cavity) + SDV: & him you laid low with one hand one fine day to find out how his innards worked.

great grandfather - a grandfather's or grandmother's father; a remote male ancestor

Babbo - colloquial Italian 'papa,' what Giorgio and Lucia Joyce called their father and the name he signed in letters to them

bourgeois (fr.) - town + meister = master + Burgermeister (ger) - mayor.

Himmel (ger) - sky, heaven + Osiris-Orion

punt - an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole + at the point of - on the very verge of, just about to do something + punt (Dutch) - point, full stop, tip.

wishywashy - trifling, unsubstantial + mishe/tauf (motif).