nab - to snatch or seize (a thing)
cul de sac (fr) - bottom of the bag + culdee - an irish or scottish monk.
(notebook 1924): 'rubbish'
robbed + (notebook 1924): '*A* has robbed her gifts'.
maundy - the ceremony of washing the feet of a number of poor people, performed by royal or other eminent persons, or ecclesiastics, on the Thursday before Easter, and commonly followed by the distribution of clothing, food, or money + maundy (obs) - almsgiving, largesse (from the tradition of distributing alms, or 'maundy money', among the poor on Maundy Thursday) + (notebook 1923): 'Pop (Maundy)'.
merchandise - the commodities of commerce, movables which are or may be bought and sold.
pour souvenir (fr) - for remembrance
ricordo - a token of remembrance, souvenir + per ricordo (it) - as a keepsake.
Erinnerung (ger) - remembrance + aring - in circumference.
stinker - one who stinks. Formerly often used as a term of abuse
heeler - one who has light heels, a quick runner; one who follows at the heels of a leader or 'boss'.
laggard - one who lags behind; a lingerer, loiterer
prime - first in importance, excellence, or value
furze - a spiny evergreen shrub with yellow flowers + first
wicker - a basket of wicker + take pot luck - take a chance, to take whatever may be obtained without previous knowledge of what this may be.
to kiss the book - i.e. the Bible, New Testament, or Gospels, in taking an oath + Buch (ger) - book.
tinker - a craftsman (usu. itinerant) who mends pots, kettles, etc. + FDV: A tinker's tan & or bucket to boil his billy for Gipsy Lee: a cartridge of cockaleekie soup for Tommy the Soldier:
Bann (ger) - curse
barrow - a large burial mound of earth or stones; a utensil for the carrying of a load by two or more men, a stretcher, a bier.
billy - a cylindrical container, usu. of tin or enamel ware, with a close-fitting lid and a wire handle, used for making tea and for cooking over fires in the open, and for carrying food or liquid.
Joyce's note: 'Gipsy Lee' → Irish Times 4 Jan 1924, 6/1: 'Crystal Gazer's Dupe. Woman Sent to Jail': 'Daisy Entwistle, alias Gipsy Boswell, alias Lee, aged 34, was charged, before the Recorder, with stealing £60 from Howard Parker'.
cartridge - the case in which the exact charge of powder for fire-arms is made up.
cockaleekie - a soup made of chicken boiled with leek + (notebook 1922-23): 'cockieleekie soup' → Irish Times 15 Jan 1923, 2/5: 'Recipes. Cock-a-leekie'.
chummy - a close friend + chummy (Slang) - soldier.
guardsman - a man who works as a guard, a member of a guard; a guardian
sulky - silently and obstinately ill-humoured; showing a tendency to keep aloof from others and repel their advances by refusing to speak or act + FDV: for Pender's nephew acid drops curiously strong: a cough & a rattle & rosy cheeks for poor little Petite O'Hara:
deltoid - resembling the Greek letter D in shape; triangular + Altoid's - "Those curiously strong peppermints"; an English confection.
drop - a lozenge or sugar-plum, originally of spherical form, but now of various shapes.
rattle - a rattling sound in the throat, caused by partial obstruction
wild goose chase
piccolina (it) - little (feminine)
petite (fr) - little (feminine) + (notebook 1924): 'Miss Petite O'Hara' → Freeman's Journal 1 Feb 1924, 4/6: 'Musical Evening. Pleasing Recital by Miss Petite O'Hara': 'Miss Petite O'Hara's Violin Recital'.
jigsaw puzzle - a puzzle formed by cutting into small irregular pieces (orig. with a jig-saw) a picture mounted on a sheet of wood, cardboard, or the like + Joyce's note: 'jigsaw puzzle' + FDV: a jigsaw puzzle of needles & pins & blankets & skins between them for Isabel & Llewelyn Marriage;
pins and needles - popular name for a pricking or tingling sensation, as that which accompanies the recovery of feeling in a limb after numbness + on pins and needles - in a state of excessive uneasiness + Joyce's note: 'Needles & Pins / Blankets & Skins / When a man's married / His sorrow begins'; English proverbial phrase. MS 47471b-86v, LPA: a jigsaw puzzle ^+of needles & pins & blankets & skins+^ between them for Isabel & Llewelyn Marriage | JJA 48:030 | Feb 1924 |
shin - the front part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle + between the sheets - in bed (with ref. to sexual intercourse).
jezebel - an shameless, impudent or abandoned woman
lovely + (notebook 1922-23): 'Llewelyn Marriage'.
brazen - made of brass; hardened in effrontery, shameless + (notebook 1923): 'real parish beggar (brass badge)' → Leader 28 Jul 1923, 597/2: 'Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society': 'Kilshannig Parish Vestry Book... May 1745:... "following persons, and none other, are allowed to be common beggars of this parish, and to each of them a brass badge... was given' + FDV: a brass badge a brazen nose and castiron mittens for Babbs Baby Babsy Beggar Beg: a waterleg waterlegs & gumboots each for Big Bully Hayes & Hurricane Hartigan: a the flag of the saints & stripes for Kevineen O'Dea;
pigiron - cast iron in pigs or ingots, as first reduced from the ore
mitten - a covering for the hand, differing from a glove in having no divisions for the fingers, but provided with a separate receptacle for the thumb; worn either for warmth, or (e.g. by hedgers and other workmen) to protect the hand from injury or pain in handling something.
beg (Anglo-Irish) - little
stripe - a striped textile fabric; the mark left by a lash + Proverbs 17:10: 'More profitable to saints, than stripes to a fool' + Joyce's note: 'saints... stripes' (some words missing).
-een (Anglo-Irish) - (diminutive)
puffpuff - a nursery name for a locomotive, or a railway train + FDV: a pufipuff for Pudge Craig; a marching nightmarching hare for Toucher Doyle: a child's bladder balloon for Mary Selina Stakelum & a putty spade to Larry the Puckaun: a hippo's head for Promoter Dunne: for Dora Hope Hopeandwater [a coolingdouche &] a warmingpan: to Nancy Shannon a lucky Tuam brooch: [oakwood beads for Holy Biddy]: a prodigal heart in fatted halves in for Buck Jones, the boy of Clonliff boy: for Kitty Coleraine of Buttermilk Lane a penny wise for her foolish pitcher: & a slate pencil for Elsie Oram to scratch her toby, doing her sums: & a big drum for Billy Dunboyne: for Wally Meagher a couple of pairs of Blarney breeks: & salt lag & waterlag for Boy McCormick: [a cross & a pile for Lucky Joe:].
pudge - one that is short and plump
craig - crag + Paid de Carraig (pad' de korig) (gael) - Pat[rick] of the Rock.
nightmare + March Hare - character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Tiger Tim - in an English comic paper, nickname of Tim Healy
water leg - a narrow downward extension of a stream boiler
gumboot - boot made of 'gum' or india-rubber
prodigal - lavish in the bestowal or disposal of things
fatted = fattened - that has been made fat; Proverb: to kill the fatted calf - to celebrate lavishly, usually with a meal, especially as an act of welcome. An allusion to Christ's parable of the prodigal son (Luke, 15: 11-32) who left home and wasted everything in 'riotous living' but was nevertheless welcomed back by his father. The fatted calf (verse 23) killed for the celebratory meal was presumably being kept for some special occasion).
Jones, Frederick E. Buck (1759-1834) - manager of the Crow Street Theatre in Dublin. Jones Road leads to his mansion, Clonliffe House.
loaf of bread - head, mind
aim - design, intention, purpose
SKIBBEREEN - Town, South-West County Cork. Its newspaper, the Skibbereen Eagle, warned the Czar of Russia that its eye was on him (U 137/139). James Joyce called Skibbereen "the looniest town in Ireland".
jaunting car - a light horse drawn two wheeled open vehicle with seats placed lengthwise back to back + Val Vousden: song The Irish Jaunting Car: 'It belongs to Larry Doolin'.
jackeen - an obnoxious self assertive dude, self assertive worthless fellow + jackeen (Anglo-Irish) - Dubliner, Dublin city-slicker, pro-British Dubliner + Joyce's note: 'Ballyclee jackeen'.
seasick - suffering from seasickness + seaside + Joyce's note: 'seasick trip'
Teague - A nickname for an Irishman (obs.) + Tim
louse trap - a comb + Joyce's note: 'louse & trap'
slush - food, esp. of a watery consistency + (notebook 1924): 'mud mince pies' + mince pie - a pie containing mincemeat (a mixture made of currants, raisins, sugar, suet, apples, almonds, candied peel, etc.)
Joyce's note: 'MacKenzie'
clip - to cut the hair off
clackdish - a wooden dish carried by alms seekers having a lid that could be clapped to attract attention.
penceless - destitute of pence, or of money
Peter's penny - an annual tax or tribute of a penny from each householder having land of a certain value, paid before the Reformation to the papal see at Rome.
brooke = p. of break + Brook, G. V - Dublin-born actor who died a hero when the S.S.London foundered in the Bay of Biscay, 1866. Wearing red velvet pants, he manned the pumps and sank with an excellent line.
morte (fr) - dead (feminine) + mer (fr) - sea.
blanchisseuse (fr) - laundress
Wildair, Sir Harry - in Farquhar's The Constant Couple. It was one of Peg Woffington's breeches parts.
Woffington, Peg (1714-60) - Irish actress, toast of Dublin
dash - one of the two signals (the
other being the dot) which in various combinations make up the letters of
the Morse alphabet;
Dash, Sam - 18th-century Master of Revels at the balls at Dublin Castle.
a snake in the grass - a hidden enemy
scotch - to stamp out, crush + William Shakespeare: Macbeth III.2.13: 'We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it'.
Vatican - the palace of the Pope built upon the Vatican Hill in Rome
viper - the small ovo-viviparous snake; a venomous, malignant, or spiteful person (In allusion to the fable of the viper reared or revived in a person's bosom).
visa - an entry or note on a passport, certificate, or other official document signifying that it has been examined and found correct.
patsy - a person on whom blame is foisted, sucker
Presbyterian - a member or adherent of a Presbyterian church + presbys (Modern Greek) - ambassador.
reiz = reis - the captain of a boat or vessel; a chief or governor + Reiz (ger) - attraction, irritation + rise
- The name of a large rock or reef in the shallow Liffey long known as an obstacle
to sailors. The city builders found the continuation of this outcrop South of
the Liffey a welcome foundation for their work, and gave it its affectionate
nickname. The City Hall and the Castle stand above Standfast Dick;
Joyce's note: 'Standfast Dick'; MS
47474-221, PrTMA: a rise
in the ^+every+^ morning for Standfast Dick
and a drop every minute for Stumblestone Davy | JJA 48:201 | Oct 1927
davy - affidavit
scrub oak - one of several North American dwarf oaks
bead - a small perforated ball or other body, a series of which threaded upon a string, forms the rosary or paternoster, used for keeping count of the number of prayers said.
beatified - made supremely happy or blest
biddy - girl, woman, domestic fowl
tweed - a twilled woollen cloth of somewhat rough surface, and of great variety of texture + twee (Dutch) - two.
stool - a wooden seat (for one person) without arms or a back + to sit between two stools - to incur failure through vacillation between two different courses of action.
aeva mobilia (l) - moveable ages, moving eternities + Rigoletto: song 'La donna è mobile': 'Woman is fickle'.
Saara = Sahara + saari (Finnish) - island.
jordan - a chamber pot + Jordan - The name of a river in Palestine, the crossing of which is used (after Num. 33:51) in pietistic language to symbolize death [Joyce's note: 'Jordan'].
fib (Colloquial) - a small lie
Eibhlin a run (eilin arun) (gael) = Eileen Aroon (Anglo-Irish) - "Eileen my dear"; a song
whiten - to make or render white + (notebook 1924): 'Marie Duplessis (Dame aux Camélias) liked telling lies = keep teeth white' → Freeman's Journal 27 Feb 1924, 8/6: 'By The Way... La Dame aux Camelias': 'The identity of Marie Duplessis with Marguerite Gautier - La Dame aux Camelias - has long been recognised... She was renowned for never being able to speak the truth, and justified herself to Stanislaus de la Rochefoucald by saying, "I like telling lies, because they keep the teeth white"'.
outflash - outshine
whippingtop - the upper part of the garment made with small stitches
lawless - not restrained by law, unruly + Joyce's note: 'Eddy Lawless'
kitty - a girl or young woman + (notebook 1923): 'Kitty of Coleraine' + song Kitty of Coleraine: 'As beautiful Kitty one morning was tripping With a pitcher of milk for the fair of Coleraine, When she saw me she stumbled, the pitcher down tumbled, And all the sweet buttermilk watered the plain' (she was comforted by a kiss from a nice young man (narrator). It is the air to Moore's "When Daylight Was Yet Sleeping.")
butterman - a man who makes or sells butter
penny wise - careful in small expenditures + penny wise and pound foolish - thrifty in small matters while careless or wasteful in large ones.
pitcher - a jug, a jug-shaped or vase-shaped vessel; picture
putty - a fine mortar or cement made of lime and water without sand
Terry, Ellen (1848-1928) - English actress who played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream + (notebook 1924): 'Larry the Puckaun'.
puckaun - a billy goat (a small male goat)
apotamos (gr) - not-river; unrivered, riverless
Easter eggs - eggs painted in bright colours, which it was (and, by a partial revival, still is) customary to present to friends at Easter + (notebook 1924): 'dynamite egg in bed R' + nie (ger) - never.
Pavl (Russian) - Paul