prom = promenade - a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year
shrinked + shrieked.
nith - envy, malice, hatred + neath - beneath + Nith - river in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.
bearer - someone whose employment involves carrying something; one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral + bare + "There is also a bearskin rug stretched out facing the fireplace. We get an oblique glance at it, next to the fire, scattering 'virevlies', and the 'prom beauties sreeked nith their bearers' skins!' - hiding behind the nearest cover." (John Gordon: Finnegans Wake: a plot summary).
period - fashioned after the style prevalent in a particular historical period
changeable - showing different colours under different aspects, varying
jade - a light green color varying from bluish green to yellowish green; a semiprecious gemstone that takes a high polish, usually green but sometimes whitish
robe - to dress or cover as if with robe
Cullen, Paul, Cardinal (1803-78) - archbishop of Dublin, bitter enemy of the Fenians, execrated at Christmas dinner in Portrait
smother - to suffocate; to form an impenetrable cover over + Mother Machree (song).
MacCabe, Edwand - 19th-century anti-nationalistic archbishop of Dublin
blatherskite = blatherskate (Anglo-Irish) - a blustering talkative person; nonsense + Blazes Kate!
porpore = purple + purpur (ger) - crimson + porpora (it) - purple.
Brahma - the supreme God of post-Vedic Hindu mythology + Brahmani - major seasonal river in Eastern India. + FDV: & calling singing to him down the feedchute: [[Hello ducky, please don't die,]
chute - sloping channel through which things can descend + (notebook 1924): 'feedchute' + At the top of the southern shaft of the Queens Chamber, a small limestone block with two copper fittings was discovered. When an opening was drilled through this small limestone block and an endoscopic camera inserted, archaeologists discovered a narrow empty space terminated by a rough limestone block, thought to be part of the pyramid core. The shaft in the north side of the Queens Chamber is the same. The corridor ends in front of a white limestone block bearing the traces of two copper fittings. Quarry marks are still visible, along with the sign of the work-gang "wadi" ("the green ones"). and a sign thought to be the hieroglyph "prjj" ("to come out" of the tomb) + REFERENCE
femtiseks (Norwegian) - fifty-six
fondling - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs) + (notebook 1924): 'fondling ending' → Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 10 (sec. 13): (of diminutives such as German -chen and -lein, for example) 'in English there are very few of these fondling-endings'.
poother = powder + (notebook 1924): 'I was in a bedroom powdering my nose'.
ramble - a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object + FDV: the powder pouring off her nose.
vuggy - full of cavities + Vuggy - affectionate name for Earwigger + barney - humbug, cheating + vuggebarn (Danish) - child in the cradle.
mand (Danish) - man
ducky - A term of endearment + (notebook 1924): 'put her arms in his I love you, please don't die Hello ducky'.
cheep - to chirp, squeak + (notebook 1922-23): 'cheep (chicks)' → Lawrence: Aaron's Rod 278: 'Cheep! Cheep!... It's what chickens say when they're poking their little noses into new adventures — naughty ones'.
choicy - with careful choice, with special care; daintily, exquisitely, excellently
waterclock - an instrument actuated by water for the measurement of time + like clock work - with unvarying regularity + gluck - an inarticulate sound, a sound made by water poured from a bottle (onomatopœic) + glucks- (ger) - gurgle + Gluck (ger) - luck + (notebook 1924): 'water rolls - gluck' + "The reason for two shafts to deliver the water into the Queen’s chamber is that two types of water were utilized--a cold water coming from the underground Nile, through the tunnels under the Giza Plateau, lunar in nature, feminine, and a heated water coursing closer to the surface through basalt and granite and charged with solar power, masculine in energy, coming through the round and square holes cut into the bedrock for that purpose. (John DeSalvo, Ph.D.)
Melba, Nellie (1861-1931) - Australian soprano, sang Juliet to Jean de Reszke's Romeo in Goumod's opera.
phoebe - a small North American bird of the genus Sayornis + Phoebe - the Moon personified, a shepherdess in As You Like It. "Phoebe Dearest" is a song [Joyce's note: 'Phoebe, dearest'].
hoon - a gold coin; a lout, a crazy person + hun var (Danish) - she was.
daft - silly, foolish; madly gay or frolicsome
warbly - marked by warbling, quavery
sang = song
holmen - of holm or holly; made of holly-wood + holmen (Danish) - the islet + Holme - river in West Yorkshire, England. + (notebook 1924): 'holm (ocean)' → Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 70 (sec. 71): 'OE. holm meant 'ocean''.
Jeg elsker saaledes hendes smukke lille unge piger (Danish) - I so love her cute little young girls + FDV: and letting on to rave about the old songs of his long ago from over the holm, High Yay High hellsker saw ladies do hen smoke a pigger,] the powder pouring off her nose.
Soay - The name of an island in the Western Isles.
and so on - Used as an abbreviating phrase to avoid further description or the enumeration of further details.
firth - an arm of the sea; an estuary of a river + Firth of Forth - estuary or firth of Scotland's River Forth.
and so forth - and similarly (in the remaining cases)
ton sonore (fr) - resonant tone
oom (Dutch, Afrikaans) - uncle + Louis "Oom" Botha (1863-1919) - Transvaal leader, Boer general.
bothar (boher) (gael) - road + bothered (Anglo-Irish) - deaf (from Irish bodhar).
beriberi - avitaminosis caused by lack of thiamine (vitamin B1): generally presenting dropsical symptoms, with paralytic weakness and numbness of the legs + Bheri - river in western Nepal.
sandy - of a yellowish-red colour + Sunday.
Umfolozi - river in South Africa + unwiling.
as deaf as a door, nail, etc. - completely deaf + (notebook 1924): 'Papa as deaf as a yawn'.
stult - A derissive name for a tailor + stultus (l) - foolish; a fool.
deef - deaf
deary - darling + Joyce's note, Circe: 'm deary'.
yare - ye are + Yare - river in the English county of Norfolk.
liv (Danish) - life + FDV: Ah, go to God, is it Anna Livia? As God is my judge.
up - to rise to one's feet, to rise from bed
socks + The village of Fontaine de Vaucluse is squeezed into the sharp end of a narrow valley and takes its name from the beautiful and mysterious spring feeding the river Sorgue. This spring comes from deep underground - nobody knows how deep. For most of the year all you can see is a deepblue pool of water at the bottom of towering cliffs. But during spring or very heavy rainfall it lives up to its name, with water gushing out at 200m³ every second - this is one of the largest springs in the world. This extraordinary phenomenon forms the crystal-clear Sorgue river, which soon turns a startling emerald, and it's this vivid hue that dominates the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse. It would seem that Petrarch and Laura had met in this valley on one or more occasions, and the memory of her presence there gave rise to the most exquisite poetry in the whole Canzoniere.
trot - to go or move quickly, to run
doon - down + Doon - river in New Zealand.
douro - a former Spanish coin + dour (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - door + Douro - one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula.
puff - to smoke (a tobacco pipe or cigar) in intermittent puffs or whiffs
dudheen - a short tobacco pipe made of clay (from Irish: dúidín)
shirvant (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - servant
winsome + Wensum - river in Norfolk, England.
farmerette - a woman or girl who farms land, a farmeress
piled - laid or reared in a pile or piles, heaped + Pile Ends - end of southern wall in 18th century Dublin.
Aine (ani) (gael) - Delight (fem. pers. name); anglic. Anna + Milucra and Aine, sisters, loved Finn.
gradh (gra) (gael) - love + Grania.
simp - a fool, a simpleton + mimp - a pursing up of the lips (lips are suggesting the tightly drawn-in mouth of a purse) + (notebook 1924): '*A* beckons to girls' ('*A*' replaces a cancelled '*E*').
sallyport - tunnel providing access to a ditch or outside fortified work (may be intended for sorties during a siege, as a means of escape or a shortcut during peace) + (notebook 1924): 'sallyport'.
Sihlpost - The main Zurich postoffice + FDV: And then she'd go trot down & stand in the door and every servant girl that passed went the road she'd make her a sign to step inside by the sallyport. You don't say the sallyport! I do did! I do!
blackbottom (dance) + block (Slang) - fuck.
Shubenacadie - river in Nova Scotia, Canada + shebeen - an unlicensed drinking establishment + shoben (Japanese) - urine + caddie - lad.
leg - to use the legs
jig - a lively, rapid, springy kind of dance
SIHL RIVER - Zurich's 2nd river (the 1st is the Limmat). The Sihlpost, Zurich's main post office, is on its banks + windowsill.
bender - a leg or knee + shake a leg - to dance + (notebook 1924): 'benders (legs)' → Jespersen: The Growth and Structure of the English Language 248 (sec. 247): 'I do not know whether American and especially Boston ladies are really as prudish as they are reported to be, speaking of the limbs of a piano and of their own benders instead of legs'.
(notebook 1922-23): 'gladdest garments' → Irish Times 6 Jan 1923, 3/6: 'How to Dress. Value of a Colour Scheme': 'One vastly important point about clothes is underclothes... when... you are going to stay with smart town friends, collect all your very "gladdest" garments'.
"out of sight, out of mind" - Used to suggest that someone will not think or worry about something if it isn't directly visible or available to them.
Proverbs 30:18-19: 'There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid' + The Way of a Man with a Maid is an anonymous, sadomasochistic, erotic novel, probably first published in 1908. The story is told in the first person by a gentleman called "Jack", who lures women he knows into a kind of erotic torture chamber, called "The Snuggery", in his house, and takes considerable pride in meticulously planned rapes which he describes in minute detail. After the torture his victims become willing sexual partners and active accomplices in the rape of the next victim.
cackle - to make a noise as a hen, especially after laying an egg + Joyce's note: 'make a noise like $2'
crown - a coin of Great Britain of the value of five shillings; hence the sum of five shillings
shiner - sovereign or guinea, a silver or gold coin + FDV: Calling them all & holding up a half a crown & showing them how to bill & coo and dancing legging a jig or two to show them how to shake their benders & how to show what's out of sight & all the way of a maid with a man, cuddle & squiggle & bill & coo, & making a kind of a cackling noise like half a crown in silver & holding up a (silver) coin shiner.
lordy - exclamation of surprise or astonishment
neiss = nese - nose + Neisse - river in Central Europe + nice + (notebook 1924): 'throwing other men's wives at him' → Irish Times 31 Jan 1924, 3/4: 'Wife's Petition for Divorce. Allegations of Cruelty': 'The respondent was then examined... and said that about a year after his marriage the trouble arose owing to his wife "throwing other people's wives at him"'.
inny = inn (v.) - to lodge, find lodging for + Inny - river in Ireland + any
pleiss = please + Pleisse - river in Saxony, Germany + FDV: To any girl at all of playful ways [of no matter what sex] A half a crown to any girl, a go to sit & make have fun in Humpy's lap!
Adda - river in Italy + two at a time.
tanner - a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies + two and a tanner + Tamar - river in south western England + Tamar falsely accused of prostitution (Genesis 38:24).
Lossie - river in north east Scotland
haben (ger) - to have + FDV: & make have fun in Humpy's lap!
humpy - a small or primitive dwelling, shack, hut
eerie - gloomy, strange, weird + Wye - river between England and Wales + weary + FDV: And what about the rhyme she made up?
rima (Italian) - rhyme
O det! (Danish) - O that! + o dit (fr) - o tell + Odet - river in western France + FDV: O that? Tell me that.
trent - p. and pple. of trend (to turn in some direction, to have a general tendency) + Trent - one of the major rivers of England.
lather - to wash in or with a lather + lathering (Slang) - beating + beat hell out of - to beat violently.
MacCarthy, Dennis Florence (1817-82) - Irish poet + (notebook 1924): 'while I'm lathering Kate Moloney's combie'.
combies = combination garment - a close fitting undergarment consisting of combined chemise or undershirt and drawers [Joyce's note: 'combies'].
Flut (ger) - flood + silent flute (Slang) - penis.
pian - a contagious tropical skin disease + piano - softly, quietly + pian (Finnish) - soon.
piena (it) - flood; full (feminine) + pian piano (it) - very gently, very quietly, very slowly + Piana - commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.
iodine - a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes + FDV: I'm dying down off my feet [until I hear].
learn + River Lerryn is tributary of the River Fowey in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Cusheen Loo - lullaby translated from Irish