cute - attractive, pretty, charming

saise = seize (v.)

quirk - a clever or witty turn or conceit, a verbal trick + quick

bicker - a drinking cup of any material; a skirmish, fight + nursery rhyme 'Little Nancy Etticoat': 'The longer she stands the shorter she grows' (answer: a lighted candle).

slick - slippery; adroit, deft, quick, smart + (notebook 1924): '*A* the longer she lives the shorter she grows' ('longer she lives' replaces a cancelled 'more she had').

tagus - a commander, leader, ruler, chief + Tagus (l) - river in Lusitania famous for golden sands; now Tajo (Tagus) in Portugal.

werra = very + Werra (Anglo-Irish) - Blessed Virgin Mary (interjection; from Anglo-Irish a Mhuire - Mary).

battering ram - an ancient military engine employed for battering down walls, consisting of a beam of wood, with a mass of iron at one end, sometimes in the form of a ram's head.

song Love Me Little, Love Me Long

apt - having a habitual tendency or predisposition (to do something).

hough - tendons at the back of the knee, the adjacent back part of the thigh

ploughboy - a boy who leads the team of oxen or horses that draw a plough; hence, a boy of the rustic labouring class.

stud - to insert or place (a number of things) at intervals over a surface

clog - a shoe with a thick wooden sole protected by a rim of metal + (notebook 1922-23): 'garden shoes (a garden in themselves)' + Joyce's note: '*A* clogs'.

sugarloaf hat - a conical hat, pointed, rounded or flat at the top, worn during the Tudor and Stuart periods and after the French Revolution + SUGARLOAF - 2 mountains South of Bray, County Wicklow.

gaudy - excessively or glaringly showy, tastelessly gay or fine + quivery - that shakes, trembling.

gorse - the prickly shrub Ulex europæus


streamer - a long flowing ribbon, feather, etc. attached to some article of dress

guilder - a gold coin formerly current in the Netherlands and parts of Germany

eyeglasses - The name is by usage restricted to a pair of lenses to be held in the hand or kept in position by a spring on the nose; those which are secured by pieces of metal placed over the ears being called spectacles + Owlglass - The name of a German jester of mediæval times, the hero of an old German jest-book translated into English 1560; a prototype of roguish fools; hence, A jester, buffoon. 

boggle - to fumble, bungle, make a clumsy attempt

fishnet - Used attrib. of an open-meshed fabric or garment + Netze (ger) - nets.

wrinkling - a series or collection of wrinkles, a puckered surface

potatoring - a ring or hoop of ceramic or metalware used as a stand for a bowl + (notebook 1923): 'potato ring'.

boucle = buckle - to fasten with a buckle

Laub (ger) - leaves

nude - naked, bare; As a colour, esp. of stockings: flesh coloured

cuba - a dark red color

salmon - of the colour of the flesh of salmon, a kind of orange-pink

sport - to show off, to wear with satisfaction

calico - variegated, piebald; plain white unprinted cotton cloth

shimmy - not fading or changing color readily; chemise (Slang)

vapour + vypar (Czech ) - haze, fume.

tinto - a tint (a colour, hue, usu. slight or delicate) + (notebook 1924): 'haze grey'.

fast - Of a colour: that will not quickly fade or wash out, permanent

washing - 'washing of clothes', esp. as one of the regular requirements of a person or  household + (notebook 1924): '*A* run in the wash'.

stays - corset

rival - associate, companion + 'rival' derives from Latin rivalis - one living on the opposite bank of a stream from another, one using the same stream as another.

line - to cover the outside of; to delineate, sketch

blood orange - a variety of orange having the pulp streaked with red


fancy - 'fine, ornamental', in opposition to 'plain' + phrase fancy-free: not in love (William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream II.1.164).

black stripe - an inferior kind of port wine

tan - brown coloured

joseph - a long cloak, worn chiefly by women in the eighteenth century when riding, and on other occasions; it was buttoned all the way down the front and had a small cape.

teddy bear - a stuffed figure of a bear, made of rough plush, used as a toy or as a kind of mascot; a furry fabric resembling plush.

rush - a plant of the order Juncaceæ, having straight naked stems or stalks (properly leaves)  and growing in marshy ground.

epaulette - an ornament worn on the shoulder as part of a military, naval, or civil uniform.

ruff - a collar of projecting or distinctively coloured feathers or hair round the neck of various birds and animals.

brace - two of a kind

gasper - cigarette, esp. a cheap or inferior one

hayrope - a rope twisted of hay

civvy - civilian

corduroy - a kind of coarse, thick-ribbed cotton stuff, worn chiefly by labourers or persons engaged in rough work.

alphabet + Heu (ger) - hay + Bett (ger) - bed.

bar (Slang) - pound (sterling)

fourpenny bit - a silver coin of the value of four pence + a bit - a sum of money, money.

side pocket - a pocket in the side portion of a garment (esp. a coat or jacket).

clothes peg - a forked wooden peg used to fasten linen on a clothes-line

astride - bestriding, spanning

joki (Finnish) - river

kep = keep

quaint - beautiful, pretty, fine

fiume (it) - river

reke = reek + reka (Serbian) - river.

fleuve (fr) - river

gawan (Japanese) - river  + gown

snuff - a preparation of powdered tobacco for inhaling through the nostrils + drab - a kind of cloth; of a dull light-brown or yellowish-brown.

siubhlóir (Irish) = shooler (Anglo-Irish) - vagrant, wanderer, beggar

Hode (ger) - testicle

hellsbells - exp. of impatience or irritation, anger or annoyance + FDV: O hellsbells, what I'm sorry I missed her. Everyone who saw her said the dear sweet little lady seemed a bit queer. She must have looked a funny poor dear. Funny poor dear she must have looked. Dickens a funnier ever you saw. There was a gang of surfacemen [boomslanging & plugchewing [, lying & leasing,]] on Lazy Wall & as soon as they seen these seen who was in it says one to the other: Between you & me & the wall we are on beneath us as round as a hoop Alp has doped.

gumption - common sense, mother wit, shrewdness. Also, initiative, enterprise, 'drive'.

whelk - a pustule, pimple; a marine gastropod mollusc of the genus Buccinum, having a turbinate shell + welk (Dutch) - which + which of her mouths? - referring to Anna Livia's delta, but also bearing overtones of sexual perversion (Hart, Clive / Structure and motif in Finnegans wake).

naze - a promontory or headland + nose

alight - lighted, kindled, illuminated; on fire + all right

douce - sweet, pleasant + (notebook 1924): 'Donce'

Delia (l) - Diana, from her birth on the island of Delos + (notebook 1922-23): 'the dear little lady seemed funny' Daily Mail 10 Jan 1923, 6/4: 'Barricaded House Inquest': 'coroner read... a letter... The dear little lady... committed suicide... when I came to the room she seemed funny and said she was trying to shoot herself' (in fact, he murdered her).

poddle - to walk with short, unsteady, or uncertain steps, like those of a child

fol = fool; full + fall

say (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - sea

fenny - boggy, swampy; muddy, dirty + (notebook 1922-23): 'funny poor dear' + Daily Mail 30 Nov 1922, 8/5: 'Long-Skirt Menace by Dorothy Richardson': 'Those funny poor dears, the ankle-gazers, who shriek out against current immodesties... will remain themselves whatever the fashion'.

hex - jinx, witch

char - to do odd turns or jobs, esp. of housework; to work in this way by the day, without continuous employment; hence trans. (colloq.) to do the cleaning work of (a house).

ham - the back of the thigh; the thigh and buttock collectively. Usually in pl. + Kickham, Charles Joseph (1826-82) - Fenian, author of Knocknagow + (notebook 1922-23): 'dickens a curl has gone'. 

frumpy - like a frump, dowdy, shabbily dull in colour or appearance; without brightness, smartness, or freshness + frump - a cross, old-fashioned, dowdily-dressed woman; Also, said of a dowdy dress. 

mush - anything soft and pulpy. Also, anything reduced to or resembling a mass of powder.

mullet - any fish of the families Mullidæ

(notebook 1922-23): 'her boy'

Dublin bay + (notebook 1930): 'R Belon'.

Mayqueen, young girl which leads the mayday celebration in Britain (kyle foley)

Murray - The name of the main river of a large river-system of south-eastern Australia + John Murray - James Joyce's maternal gradfather + May Murray - James Joyce's mother. 

(notebook 1924): '*T* it is well she can't see herself' (siglum not crayoned)

waarvoor (Dutch) = hvorfor (Danish) - why

Mersey - river on which stands the city of Liverpool

surfaceman - a miner or other labourer who works at the surface, or in the open air; on a railway, a workman who keeps the permanent way in repair + Joyce's note: 'surfacemen gangers } road' Freeman's Journal 1 Feb 1924, 5/4: 'Free Fight. Wild Scenes at County Council Meeting': 'The trouble arose in connection with a notice of motion to make reductions in the wages of road workers, the pricipal figures being - surfacemen, from 45/- per week to 32/-; gangers, from 55/- to 42/-'.