7.1b: but every honest to goodness man in the land of the space of today...
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FDV: "Shem is as short for Shemus as Jim is for Jacob. Originally of respectable connections his back life simply won't stand being written about" →
"Shem is as short for Shemus as Jim is jokey for Jacob.
FDV2: "Shem is as short for Shemus as Jim is joky for Jacob. A few are still found who say that originally he was of respectable connections ( - - - - was among his cousins)" →
"Shem is as short for Shemus as Jim is joky for Jacob. A few toughnecks are still found scattered who say that originally very originally he was of respectable connections ( - - - - was among his cousins)"
synopsis: Shem's name — his origins
Shem is as short for Shemus
Shem, son of Noah
Shemus: man in Yeats' Countess Cathleen who sells his soul to devil
Irish change J into Sh, e.g. James to Seumas (pronunciation 'shaymus')
('shamus' for police detective goes back at least to 1920)
as Jem is joky for Jacob.
Dublin accent Jem: Jim
Low Latin Jacobus: James
A few toughnecks are still getatable
US slang roughneck: a 'tough'
getatable: accessible [cites]
who pretend that aboriginally he was of respectable stemming
French prétendre: affirm
aboriginally: from earliest known times
stem: to originate
(he was an outlex between the lines of
lists three men: outlex between RB and HH, and an inlaw to BB was among his connections
Latin lex: law (so, outlaw)
read between the lines
Ragonar Blaubarb and Horrild Hairwire,
Ragnar Lodbrok: Viking chief
German blau: blue
German Blaubart: Bluebeard (pantomime about a wife-killer, based on a literary folktale by Perrault)
French barbe: beard
Harald Fair Hair: first king of Norway
phrase there's hair, like wire!: there's a girl with a lot of long and stiff hair! (supposed/ unattested catch-phrase of the early 20thC)
and an inlaw to Capt. the Hon. and Rev. Mr Bbyrdwood de Trop Bloggg
VI.B14.53: 'an in-law of'
military, government, and religious honorifics
Penguin dots "Mr."
Sir George Birdwood: 19thC Anglo-Indian official, naturalist, and writer (Sva (1910), xxi: 'there must be wars, and in the earlier stages of the evolution of humanity from savagery to barbarism... there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels, against the Dragon and his angels')
Beardwood: friend of Joyce's father (59yo in 1901?)
French de trop: superfluous
fw1 has "Blogg"
Bloggs: mock English working-class name
blague = joke (French)
was among his most distant connections)
VI.B6.63: 'distant relations'
Book of Kells 41: 'the zoomorphic, or animal, forms introduced in the decoration of the Manuscript... distant relations, as it were, of the lion, the calf, and the eagle, of the Evangelical symbols'