rede - to put in order; interpret, explain; to relate, tell

trouver (fr) - to find

poule - prostitute + poule (fr) - hen.

parco (it) - park

tummeln (ger) - to move, hurry, prance + tell + tummel (Danish) - tumult, turmoil, commotion.


re (Danish) - ear

ouse - ox + out + auris (l) - ear

lesson one + inne - in; inn + listen

brandnew - conspiciously new and unused, quite new, perfectly new + FDV: [[By earth & heaven but] I want a new brandnew backside badly, bedad [and] I do, [and a plump one plumper at that.]

bankside - the margin of sea, lake or river + (notebook 1924): 'Really I want a new backside badly an one I have my seat backside is worn out sitting down doing nothing' ('an' not clear).

bedamp = bedamn - damn

plumper - that which plumps or makes plump; a downright lie + flower

at that - as well

putty - a light shade of yellowish grey; sticky mud at the bottom of a body of water + FDV: For the one putty affair I have is worn out [so it is] sitting down [doing nothin yawning &] waiting for the my old Dansker Dane the dodder dodderer [my [frugal] key of the pantry larder, my hump of the camel much altered camel's hump, my jointspoiler, [my maymoon's honey,] my faithful true fool to the last Decemberer,] to wake up [out of his dumps doze] & shout [at me me down] like he used to.

affair - any object or collection of objects not clearly distinguished or only vaguely specified.

yap - to talk idly or loquaciously

Dane - a native or subject of Denmark; in older usage including all the Northmen who invaded England from the 9th to the 11th c.

hoddy doddy - a henpecked man, cuckold, fool, simpleton + dodder - one who dodders, a feeble or inept person [Joyce's note: 'Dodder'].

Joyce's note: 'life in death companion'

frugal - Of things, esp. food: Sparingly supplied or used

larder - a room or closet in which meat (? orig. bacon) and other provisions are stored.

altered - changed in some particulars; thirsty

joint - slang or colloq. (chiefly U.S.). A partnership or union, or a place of meeting or resort, esp. of persons engaged in some illicit occupation; spec. (in America) a place illegally kept (usually by Chinese) for opium-smoking, an opium-den; also applied to illicit drinking-saloons. More generally, a place; a house.

doze - a short slumber

lord of the manor - the person having the seignorial rights of a manor [Joyce's note: 'lord of manor'] + FDV: Is there any old chap lord of the head manor at all 'd give a soft job few pounds pound or two I wonder for washing his shirts socks for him now that we're run out of everything meat & milk?

Knight of the Shire - a gentleman representing a shire or county in parliament; originally one of two of the rank of knight [Joyce's note: 'Knights of Shire'].

strike - to make one's way, go

dip - to put down or let down temporarily or partially in or into a liquid + give

dace - a small fresh-water cyprinoid fish, Leuciscus vulgaris + dace (Slang) - twopence.

worshipful - distinguished, honourable

run out of - to use up or come to the end of tha available supply of

horsebrose - a dish made by pouring boiling water on horsemeat, seasoned with salt and butter.

only for - except for, but for, were it not for + FDV: Only [for] my bed is so as warm as it smells it's up I'd be leap & off with me to the Bull of Clontarf to get the [kind] air of the Dublin bay & the [race of the] seawind up my hole.]

BRITTAS - Town, County Wicklow, and river, which drains Glen of Kilbride and flows South into Liffey just above Blessington Reservoir. 

lep = leap

off with - go away + off with you! - be off!

slob - mud, esp. soft mud on the sea-shore [Joyce's note: 'slob']

della (it) - of the, pertaining to

TOLKA - The little river of North Dublin, flowing through Glasnevin and Drumcondra to Dublin Bay, through the former sloblands of Fairview [Joyce's note: 'Tolka'] + Tolca (tulke) (gael) - Flood, Torrent.

plage - the beach or sea-front promenade at a seaside resort + plage au (fr) - beach at.


aire - nobleman in early irish society + air

Dublin Bay - embraced by Howth on the North and Dalkey on the South, Dublin Bay has often been compared with the Bay of Naples.

sea wind + say (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - sea.

embouchure (fr) - mouth, river mouth + (notebook 1924): 'get some fresh sea air up my hole'.

onon = anon + FDV: O go on & tell me more. Tell me every single thing little bit. I want to know every single thing. Well, now comes the childer's part. How many childer has she at all? I can't rightly tell you that. God only knows. I hear she has 111. She can't remember half their names. A hundred & how? They did well to call christen her Plurabelle. O my! Such a flock!

everything + tegn (Danish) - sign.

potter - a vendor or hawker of earthenware

veslo (Serbian) - oar

homa (Kiswahili) - fever (especially malaria)

man of the house - the chief male in a household + Mathghamhain (mahun) (gael) - Bear.

hard - p. of hear (obs.)

bunduki (Kiswahili) - gun, rifle + boi (Kiswahili) - houseboy, servant (from English 'boy').

mit (ger) - with

Askari - native soldiers of East Africa + askari (Kiswahili) - soldier.

hazel - A bush or small tree of the genus Corylus, having as its fruit a nut; attrib. and Comb. Consisting of a mixture of sand or gravel, clay, and earth as hazel earth, ground, etc.

hatchery - a place for hatching eggs; spec. one for hatching the ova of fish by artificial means + (notebook 1924): 'alevin (baby salmon) hatchery' Irish Times 29 Mar 1924, 9/5: 'A Salmon Hatchery': 'This is a salmon hatchery, and here the baby salmon spend the first portion of their existence... The Alevins, as the young fish are now called, are so tiny that one of them could easily be covered by a threepenny bit'.

freshet - a stream of fresh water, a great rise of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow.

alevin - a young fish, the newly hatched salmon + -een (Anglo-Irish) - (diminutive) + lve (fr) - schoolchild.

tool - a bodily organ, spec. the male generative organ

rede - interpret, explain, guess; to teach or give (one) a knowledge of (something) (obs.).

confine - to relegate to certain limits

one + wan (Chinese) - ten thousand; a large number + Joyce's note: '*A* has 111 children - 3 -' (first dash dittoes 'has', second dash dittoes 'children'; only first four words crayoned).

mia na kumi na moja (Kiswahili) - 111 (literally 'hundred and ten and one')

olaph, lamm et - that's arabic for aliph lam, the koran starts every chapter with 3 letters for no apparent reason. aliph and lam are arabic letters (kyle foley)

kirkyard = churchyard - a burial ground for the parish or district, a cemetery.

smack - to open or separate (the lips) in such a way as to produce a sharp sound; to bring, put, or throw down with a smack or slap; to strike (a person, part of the body, etc.) with the open hand or with something having a flat surface.

boxing - the action of fighting with fists + boxing the bishop (Slang) - masturbating + (notebook 1924): 'buttermilk bishop boxing -' (dash dittoes 'bishop').

infallible - Of things: Not liable to fail, unfailing + (notebook 1924): 'infallible slipper (Adrian IV) *A*'.

slipper - an instrument of punishment with which a child (etc.) is disciplined by beating.

kund (ger) - known

elf (ger) - eleven + Henrik Ibsen: "Little Eyolf".

ayther = either + ayther, nayther (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - either, neither.

Yakov (Hebrew) - Jacob

yea = yes

rechristen - to christen again, to rename

Lorelei - In German legend, a beautiful woman with long blonde hair who sat on the Lorelei rock and with her fine singing distracted boatmen, so that they drowned when their ships foundered on the rock.

Loddon - The name of a tributary of the River Thames

lode - an ore deposit; course, path, waterway, canal

heigh ho - an exclamation usually expressing yawning, sighing, weariness, disappointment + ho (Chinese) - river.

on the cards - within the range of probability

shed - to pour, pour out, to emit, give forth