pipe - The voice, esp. as used in singing; the song or note of a bird, etc. Formerly also in pl. to set up one's pipes, to cry aloud, shout, yell (obs.); to tune one's pipes, to begin to cry, i.e. weep (Sc.) + song Doran's Ass: 'So he tuned his pipes and fell a-humming'.

eejit (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - idiot

Ptolemy - a celebrated astronomer who lived at Alexandria in the second century a.d., produced (c.a.d. 150) atlas of maps with earliest known identification of Dublin (Eblana) + Ptolemy Soter - founded the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. Cleopatra was last of the line. 

curb - to bend, bow, curve; to restrain, check, keep in check

Eskimo - a member of a widely spread people inhabiting the Arctic from Greenland to Eastern Siberia; any of the several languages of this people + escuma (Portuguese) - froth.

shoot - to go swiftly and suddenly

sheba - an attractive and flirtious young woman + REFERENCE + Solomon and Queen of Sheba (I Kings 10).

sheath - a case or covering into which a blade is thrust when not in use + vagina (l) - sheath

BULLS, NORTH AND SOUTH - The "Bulls" were the great sandbanks North and South of the channel in inner Dublin Bay, so-called "from the roaring of the surf against them when uncovered at low water" (Haliday, 234). Since the building of the South and Bull Walls, the South Bull is under water at all tides and the North Bull is an island, connected with the mainland by a bridge (no longer wooden as in A Portrait), and paralleling the shore from Clontarf almost to Howth. Clontarf, "meadow of the bull," may have been named from the North Bull. 

ruhig (ger) - energetic, busy + ruhren (ger) - to stir, move.

surf - to swell, break or otherwise behave like surf

spree - a lively or boisterous frolic, prolonged drinking

boyar - a member of a peculiar order of the old Russian aristocracy, next in rank to a knyaz + boyarka (Russian) - wife of a boyar.

buadh (bue) (gael) - victory

ern - intr. To run. Of water, a river: To flow + earned + erne - An eagle; in mod. use chiefly the golden eagle or the sea-eagle.

lille - to quiver; of the city Lille, France + lille (Danish) - little.

BATH - City and spa (Ger, Bad) in Somerset, England, on the Avon River. "Bath buns" are more edible than they sound. 


bred = bread

the sweat of (one's) brow - toil, hard work + phrase earning his bread by the sweat of his brow (after Genesis 3:19).

kaldt (Danish) - called + FDV: Don't you know he was born at he's a bairn of the sea, Waterhouse the waterbaby? O, I know, so he was. HCE has blue in his ee. Sure, she's nearly as bad herself. Who? Anna Livia? Yes, Anna Livia. Do you know that she was calling girls into him? She was? Ah, go to God? O, tell me all I want to hear. Letting on she didn't care.

bairn - a child; a son or daughter + Joyce's note: 'bairn born at sea blue in his e'e b. 47' 22" by 22' 18" *E* water baby' ('by' not clear; only first eight and last three words crayoned) [.07-.09].

brine - the water of the sea; the sea

water borne - floating upon the water, conveyed by water

Ave Maria + hav (Danish) - sea.

codfish - a well-known sea fish, which inhabits the North Atlantic and its connected seas + fisk (Danish) - fish.

ee = eye


ay - indicating assent to a previous statement, yes; Ah! O!

banquet - a feast, a sumptuous entertainment of food and drink + bak (Norwegian) - back + vande (Norwegian) - water, tide.

sal = salt - that which gives liveliness, freshness, or piquancy to a person's character, life, etc. + sal (l) - salt.

nyumba (Kiswahili) - house, room, hut

noo - now + noo (Kiswahili) - large whetstone.

chamba (Kiswahili) - hiding place; (of a woman) to wash her private parts

choo (Kiswahili) - privy, lavatory

till = to + til (Danish) - till (Ulster Dialect) - to.

cheefe = chief (obs.) + (notebook 1924): 'erring man' + Morley's Life of Gladstone, calls Parnell Ireland's "erring chief." 

tickle - to excite, to give pleasure or amusement to

pontiff - a chief or high priest (of any religion)

aisy (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - easy

wince - to start or make an involuntary shrinking movement in consequence of or in order to avoid pain, or when alarmed or suddenly affected.

was + wonce = once.


laddery - resembling a ladder

dextro - - '(turning or turned) to the right' + a latere dextro (l) - on the right side, on the right flank.

eyewink - the time it takes to wink the eye, an instant + coney - a rabbit.

bunting - festive decorations made of paper, woven fabric used chiefly for flags.

let on - to pretend

sina feza (Kiswahili) - I have no money

me - my

absentee - one who is absent, or away, on any occasion + me absente (l) - in my absence + absanthe (Kiswahili) - thanks + The Ashanti slave has been carried to Jamaica and complains he is an absentee (Karl Reisman).

man in possession - a duly authorized person who is placed in charge of chattels (furniture or the like) upon which there is a warrant for distress.

proxenete - a person who negotiates on another’s behalf, marriage broker, match maker + proxénète (fr. slang) - pimp, bawd + (notebook 1924): '*C* proxenete' + REFERENCE

phwat = what

emme = eme (uncle) + (notebook 1930): 'R. Emme'.

Russ - the Russian language + reussi - fine, excellent + russischer (ger) - Russian + (notebook 1930): 'R. Reuss'.

Hindu - an Aryan of Northern India (Hindustan), who retains the native religion (Hinduism),  as distinguished from those who have embraced Islam;                        (notebook 1930): 'Honddu R'.

jargon - a barbarous, rude, or debased language or variety of speech; a 'lingo'; used esp. of a hybrid speech arising from a mixture of languages. Also applied contemptuously to a language by one who does not understand it + jerk off - masturbate + (notebook 1930): 'R jarkon' Jabotinsky: Samson the Nazarite 52: 'The plain of Sharon is more fruitful than the hill of Benjamin, the waters of Jarkon richer than the canals of Sichem!'. 

lingua franca - (It., = 'Frankish tongue') a mixed language or jargon used in the Levant, consisting largely of Italian words deprived of their inflexions. Also transf. any mixed jargon formed as a medium of intercourse between people speaking different languages.

call a spade a spade - to speak plainly and directly + spate - a flood or inundation + REFERENCE

skol - a health in drinking, a toast + scoil (skul) - school + school + skole (Danish) - school.

abecedarian - one that is learning the rudiments of something (as the alphabet).

par exemple - for example, for instance + exemplum - an example, an illustrative story + per exemplum (l) - through an example.

conservancy - a commission or court having jurisdiction over a port or river, to regulate the fisheries, navigation, etc.; the official preservation of trees, forests.

cause - ground of action; reason for action, motive; the matter about which a person goes to  law; a matter of concern, an affair, business.

telekinesis - movement of or in a body alleged to occur at a distance from, and without material connexion with, the motive cause or agent.

God's + coxa (l) - the hip.

loa - a filarial worm of the monotypic genus + low + In Haiti Loa is the term for the God who 'possesses' a dancer during a Vodun ceremony, whose role the possessed dancer then proceeds to "act". 

spot - to catch sight of, to recognize or detect + FDV: Didn't you see her at the her window windeye playing pretending to play the grand piano a fiddle she has without a bottom? Sure, she can't play the piano fiddle. Of course she can't, bottom or not, it was all a blind. Well, I never heard the like of that.

window + Joyce's note: 'windeye' Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 74 (sec. 75): 'Window is borrowed from vindauga ('wind-eye')' (Old Norse).

wobble - to move unsteadily from side to side or backwards and forwards + (notebook 1924): 'dwarf W stands on chair'.

osiery - articles made of osiers

cuneiform - Applied to the characters of the ancient inscriptions of Persia, Assyria, etc., composed of wedge-shaped or arrow-headed elements + cunnus (l) - vulva.

ribble - system of fallowing (this is done by turning a furrow to the unploughed land, and, in returning, to turn over this furrow and the earth upon which the first furrow was laid) + rabble - to utter (words or speech) in a rapid confused manner.

reedy - abounding or covered with reeds; frail; having a tone resembling that produced by a musical reed.

on the fiddle - doing something dishonest in order to get money + Joyce's note: 'bottomless violin' (only first word crayoned).

dee = die, "d", damned

suck - Used as an expression of contempt, chiefly by children + dial. ist a' Sach' (ger) - It's as follows! What an affair!

moher - the hair of the Angora goat + more + FDV: Tell me more. Tell me all. Well the old chap was as glum as anything could be sitting moping all by himself [on his benk] his hair combed over his eyes, [staring [dreeing his weired] keeking on loft up at the sternes,] & there was Anna Livia running about as if she was ten a girl in a short summer skirt and painted cheeks & a powdery nose cooking meddering [& an odd time she] medden him all sorts up blooms of fisk and eyes to plaise him & as quick as she'd bring run with them up on the her tray the old chap'd cast them from him [if he didn't peg the tea at her] trying to whistle the rakes Rakes of Mallow and not a budge mag out of him no more than the wall. Is that a fact? That's a fact.

humber = hummer; umber (the grayling) + Humber  - legendary king of the fabled Huns who invaded Britain in 1000 B.c. He was defeated by Lochrine and his body was cast in the river Abus, henceforth called the Humber. 

glomm (ger) - glimmered + glooming - sullen, frowning, scowling, melancholy + gloumben (Middle English) - look sullen.

grampus - the popular name of various delphinoid cetaceans, having a high falcate dorsal fin and a blunt rounded head, and remarkable for the spouting and blowing which accompanies their movements; a person given to puffing and blowing + (notebook 1924): 'Killer (grampus)'.

tare - A name given to some species of vetch


buboes - pl. of bubo - an inflamed swelling or abscess in glandular parts of the body, esp. the groin or arm-pits + bubo is a plague symptom: Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin, Dublin Annals section 1575: 'A dreadful plague, by which the city was so depopulated that grass grew in the streets and at the church doors'.

bowman - a man who shoots with a bow + woman + Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin, Dublin Annals section 1578: 'Kilmainham Dublin prevented from going to Cullenswood on Black Monday by a storm of wind and rain, so violent that neither bowmen nor shot could go abroad'.

abroad - out of one's house or abode; out of doors; out in the open air.

bale - a great consuming fire, a bonfire; a funeral pile or pyre

all but - almost, very nearly + all burnt + brant - lofty, steep; stright + Alprand (ger) - edge of mountains.

on the rocks - quite destitute of means; also (esp. of marriage, etc.), on the point of dissolution; finished.

crest - the head, summit, or top of anything

ROCKY MOUNTAINS - The mountain range running North-South in Western Canada and US. The allusion is partly to the Baalfires (Balefires; no connection with the Canaanite Baal) which in Celtic custom were lit on hilltops on ceremonial occasions, eg,
on Midsummer Eve.  

nere - never + ner (Hebrew) - lamp, candle.

Giant's causeway - a natural formation in county Antrim, Ireland, consisting of a collection of basaltic columns extending like a mole or pier into the sea.

causeway - a raised road across a low or wet place, or piece of water; a highway (usually a paved way, such as existed before the introduction of macadamization).

deathcup - a very poisonous mushroom

fungus - a mushroom, toadstool, or one of the allied plants + Fingal's

tribune - a protector of the rights of the people, a popular leader

barrow - a grave mound, a tumulus

darnel - a deleterious grass, Lolium temulentum

occumulo (l) - to heap up towards, to heap up in front of

sambre = sambur - either of two large deer, native to southern Asia + sombre

sett = set (n.) + seat

Dramen (ger) - plays

Drommet (ger) - trumpet + droomen (Dutch) - to dream + drømmende (Danish) - dreaming.

queasy - full of doubt, causing nausea, nauseating

quizzer - a quiz game, program or show; one who quizzes + teaser - something that teases, or causes annoyance; something difficult to deal with.

rueful - doleful, dismal + Quixote, Don - Cervante's knight of the rueful countenance. 

continence - self restraint in the matter of sexual appetite + countenance

obsequies - funeral rites or ceremonies; a funeral + Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin, Dublin Annals section 1729: 'Linen scarfs worn at funerals to encourage the linen manufacture'.