tell me all about tellun tellun (Joyce's note, Scribbledehobble, Circe section) + {HCE becomes Great Pyramid itself ("Waterhouse Clock"), all paven and stoned, corrupted and robbed of its casing and pyramidion ("O"); only fragments of "Spells of Coming Forth By Day" remain, inscribed in walls of younger pyramids and in secret chamber hosted by Shem. As darkness falls, Aset and Nebthet (Kate & Magrath's maid) turn into stone and tree}

die - to be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame

old chap - Used as an expression of familiarity; a personís father esp. when old + cheb (Sunderland Mackem slang) - contemptible person + FDV: Well, you see, when the old chap did what you know. Yes, I know, go on.

go phut - to come to a sudden end; to break down, cease to function + (notebook 1924): 'to go phut' + futt (Swiss German) - away.

watch it - to be careful

dabble - to wet by splashing; to play about in shallow water; to employ oneself in a dilettante way in (any business or pursuit) without going deeply or seriously into it

roll up one’s sleeves - to prepare for action + (notebook 1924): 'sleeves tucked up'.

loosen (a person's) tongue - to make him speak

butt - trans. To strike, esp. with the head or horns + I.8 must commence in the Wicklow Mountains, for the river is narrow enough for the washerwomen's heads to collide as they bend to immerse HCE's shirt (McHugh, Roland / The sigla of Finnegans wake).

hike - to raise or toss with the horns; a long walk + hike! (Anglo-Irish) - stop!, halt!, go back! (call to a horse).

threed - pierce, penetrate + three; tried + thried (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - tried + *VYC*.

make out - to succeed in accomplishing + (notebook 1924): 'I never took what you try to make out in an oath' ('out' not clear).

do + *IJ*

fiendish - characteristic of a fiend; superhumanly cruel and malignant + Phoenix

reppe = repe - to touch + rep - a man (or woman) of loose character + FDV: Or whatever it was they try to make out he did tried to do in the Phoenix park. He's an awful old rep.

The name Dublin derives from Irish dubh linn: black pool

steep - to soak in water or other liquid (for the purpose of softening or cleansing)

stupe - to moisten (lint, tow, etc.) in some hot liquid so as to form a stupe (a piece of tow, flannel, etc., wrung out of hot liquor and medicated, for fomenting a wound or ailing part).

wik = wick + week

times + (notebook 1924): 'washed 100 times'.

know by heart - to have in the memory, to know by rote + (notebook 1924): 'blanchisseuse knows where to find dirt'.

soil - to make foul or dirty, esp. on the surface [(notebook 1924): 'soiled'] + Saale - river in Germany.

dud - of little or no worth, bad, worn out, useless

scorch - to burn superficially + (notebook 1924): 'burned my hand'

starve - to die of hunger, to perish or be in process of perishing from lack or insufficiency of food; to suffer extremely

famine - want of food, hunger; hence, starvation

wallop - to beat soundly, thrash [Joyce's note: 'wallop']

battle - to beat (clothes) with a wooden beetle during the process of washing, or in order to smooth them after they are dried [Joyce's note: 'battle'] + battledore - wooden bat used in washing clothes.

rusty - stiff; having the colour of rust, of a (disagreeable) light reddish brown [(notebook 1924): 'wrists rusty'].

mouldy - covered with mould; decaying or decayed; of the nature of mould or fine soil [(notebook 1924): 'mouldy linen'] + Vltava (German: Moldau) - longest river in the Czech Republic.

Dnieper - one of the major rivers in Europe (fourth by length) + heavy with wet (Joyce's note).

Ganges - largest river of the Indian subcontinent

tail - sexual intercourse; end, conclusion + Anglo-Irish phrase: at all at all [Reduplication is not an especially common feature of Irish; nevertheless in rendering Irish phrases into English it is occasionally used: ar bith corresponds to English at all, so the stronger ar chor ar bith gives rise to the form at all at all (I've no money at all at all)].

Sendai - city in Japan + (notebook 1924): 'animal Sunday' Freeman's Journal 9 Jul 1924, 7/7: 'Letters to the Editor': 'My committee wish to invite the clergy of all denominations in Ireland to preach on Sunday next, the 4th Sunday after Trinity, on the duty of justice and mercy to animals... For close to sixty years Animal Sunday has been observed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in many parts of the world'.

loch - a lake + Lough Neagh - lake in east-central Northern Ireland + under lock and key - in prison.

prier - a close inquirer, an inquisitive person + nisi prius (l) - unless before: legal warrant to bring a cause to trial at central court unless before that date it shall have been tried locally.

versus + fieri facias (Slang) - red-faced.

whisky + illicit + Ulysses [.23]

distil - to subject to the process of distillation  

exploit - an act or deed; a feat, an achievement displaying a brilliant degree of bravery or skill

till - attract, entice; prepare, care for + (Joyce's note): 'time will tell'.

temp - temperature, tempo + time and tide wait for no man (proverb).

hist - to be silent; sh!

Ulysses called himself 'No man' when confronted by the Cyclops.

As you sow so shall you reap (proverb) + spring and neap tides are those with maximum and minimum difference between high and low water.


Rappen (ger) - black horse; Swiss cent + FDV: What was it he did at all? It was put in the papers what he did. Time will tell. I know it will. O, the old rep!

minxi (l) - I have urinated + minxit (l) - he urinated + mixed marriage - a marriage between persons of different races or religions.

loof - the palm of the hand + loo (Slang) - watercloset + oof (Slang) - money + loof (Dutch) - foliage + aloof + love.