synopsis: the dialogue of Mutt and Jute begins — memories of the battle of Clontarf
FDV: "Jute— Are you Jeff?
Jute— You are not a jeffmute?
Mutt— No, only an utterer
Jute— What is the mutter with you?
Mutt— I became a stummer.
Jute— What turrurrurrurrible thing to because! How?
Mutt— Aput the buttle.
Jute— Whose Poddle? Wherein?
Mutt— The Inns of Dungtarf." →
Jute— Are you Jeff?
[no changes]Jute— Whose Poddle? Wherein?
Mutt— The Inns of Dungtarf where used ought to be."
JUTE: Yutah! MUTT: Mukk's pleasurad.
Mutt and Jeff: American comic-strip characters
much pleasure had (at meeting you)
(at this point it's still not clear who's the newcomer/superior)
JUTE: Are you jeff? MUTT: Somehards.
hard of hearing
(Shem has eye problems, Shaun ear problems)
(who's asking who, and what provoked the question? wasn't it the caveman who didn't hear the newcomer approach?)
JUTE: But you are not jeffmute? MUTT: Noho. Only an utterer.
utterer: (legal) one who passes counterfeit coins
JUTE: Whoa? Whoat is the mutter with you? MUTT: I became a stun a stummer.
German Mutter: mother
Danish stund: a short while
Vico claimed first men moved from muteness to stuttering in imitation of the thunder, God's voice
German Stummer: a mute person
JUTE: What a hauhauhauhaudible thing to be cause! How, Mutt?
stuttering (four hau's)
haud = Latin no
to be sure because
to be coarse
MUTT: Aput the buttle, surd.
Latin apud: with
Latin surdus: French sourd: deaf
archaic surd: stupid
cf Tim Finnegan's shaky drunken fall
JUTE: Whose poddle? Wherein? MUTT: The Inns of Dungtarf where Used awe to be he.
Poddle river, Dublin
Battle of Clontarf, Dublin, 1014 (high king Brian Boru defeated the Danish army of occupation, although he himself was killed in the process)
as 'Clontarf' means 'Bull Meadow', so 'Dungtarf' would mean 'Bull Shit'
buttle... tarf (Butt/Taff)
where I used to be he
FDV: "where used ought to be"
where you ought to be
before Mutt's fall, he was a hero/king
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