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- 1 April 30th/May 1st, YDAU - Marathe & Steeply on the A.F.R.'s motives
- 2 The Rest of the Eric Clipperton Story
- 3 Gately's Other Job
- 4 More O.N.A.N.T.A. History
April 30th/May 1st, YDAU - Marathe & Steeply on the A.F.R.'s motives
subject to acting on a whim
caillou = quail in French. You can see a map of southern Louisiana here.
a corruption of Acadian, a French-speaking people dwelling in the woods of Louisiana, having emigrated there from French Canada two hundred years ago
You can see this pistol here.
The gun's safety is off.
Dock workers who load and unload ships.
neologism: pertaining to a depiction of someone that exaggerates certain facial or bodily characteristics
the act of placing something under a more comprehensive category
This is how we used to spell "role" in English and how it's still spelled in French.
the capital of Alberta
derogatory term for people who wear keffiyehs or turbans
desire to do harm
lacking in ideas or intelligence
Maoist guerrilla group in Peru (Wikipedia)
a brand of coffee
as in Monsieur Kemp, i.e., Jack Kemp, implying he was assassinated with a bomb in his house
Very Large Satan
or "Great Satan," if you will
utilitarian, i.e., providing the greatest good for the greatest number
Comme on dit
French: Like they say
burning some k. down
what is k.?? presumably kilometers (kerosene or kindling fits the context better, I wot)
a gorge or deep cleft in the earth's surface
Habitant soupe aux pois
Habitant is Québecois French for "farmer," though it seems like a brand name here. Soupe aux pois is pea soup, very popular in Québec. Habitant is in fact a Canadian brand of soup made by the Campbell Company of Canada.
in a sarcastic or mocking way
a chain of supermarkets
rough and prickly seed husks prone to sticking to hair or fur
an other, i.e., an outsider
pursuivre le bonheur
French: (properly poursuivre) pursuit of happiness
simple and tranquil scenes of nature
on one's back
awkward or unwieldy
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Veuillez Recycler Ce Contenant
French: Please Recycle This Container
en ce moment
French: at this moment
not a real French word
"éclairer" is French for enlighten, so we can assume this is intended to mean enlightenment.
boisterous celebration, back-formation from Mafeking (now Mafikeng), from the rejoicings at the relief of the siege there during the Boer War in 1900 — Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition. Probably no connection intended with Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, a character in Gravity's Rainbow
French: Between us
usually denoting the police force of France or a formerly French nation, here simply meaning law enforcement agencies
The Rest of the Eric Clipperton Story
performed with minimal effort or care, done just out of routine or duty
in tennis, a slider is a sliced serve with side spin. Refer here.
Forest Lawn NNY
a town in New York state, on Lake Ontario
a piece of armor covering the heart
an Apple brand of laptop computer, preceding the MacBook
the amount charged by a bookie for facilitating bets
NOAD: an addition or supplement that explains, modifies, or revokes a will or part of one
a city in Massachusetts about 8.5 miles northwest of Boston
in this context, advice or guidance, especially that given formally. It can also be used to refer to attorney(s)
the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained
i.e., green about the gills, about to vomit
NOAD: a highly unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapor
NOAD: a smokeless explosive made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine, and petroleum jelly, used in ammunition.
a town about 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis
this town lies 22 miles west of Crawfordsville on Route 74
[physiology] extremely slow in movement [The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary]
a change or variation in the course of something; or a hardship due to chance
neologism: a participle has been made of the noun votary: OED: One who is devoted to a particular religion, or to some form of worship or religious observance; a devotee.
Gately's Other Job
a section of Boston
cab of his 4 X 4
A 4 X 4 is a vehicle having 4 wheels, each of which is powered; and the cab is where people sit.
under the table, i.e., off the books so that taxes don't have to be paid
plural of the Yiddish word "yutz" meaning fool (See Wikipedia)
a procedure by which feces exit the body via an opening in the abdominal wall into a bag, rather than via the anus
a type of viral cancer caused by HHV8 that is perhaps best known for causing skin lesions, among many other types of lesions. It is often seen in the setting of immune system dysfunction, as caused by HIV infection / AIDS
shaking frenzy, from the Latin delirium tremens, seen most often in early alcohol withdrawal
actually, undoubtedly, semen with its attendant sperm
see previous note
Breaking and Entry, i.e., burglary
slang: $5 bill
a brand of menthol cigarettes
that is to say, upwardly mobile
a funny remark
More O.N.A.N.T.A. History
a city in California about 15 miles west of Sacramento
a powder mix used to make chocolate milk
sodium cyanide is among the most rapidly acting of all known poisons
a type of pin or bolt; DFW is likely playing off the phrase "dead as a doornail" here
Dr. Rusk might be composing acrostic poems, in which the first letters of each line, read sequentially, spell a word or phrase or create a mnemonic device, but it's more likely that she's solving acrostic puzzles, in which the letters comprising a quotation (typically 180-225) are scrambled into a set of clued entries (most commonly 22-26), the first letters of which spell out the name of the author of the quotation and the work in which it appears.
like defrocked, except for a nun. The Carmelites being a Roman Catholic Order which puts an emphasis on contemplation.
Benedict Arnold V (1741-1801) was an American general during the Revolutionary War who turned traitor for the British.
Minister of Environment and Resource-Development Enterprises
The initials spell merde, which is French for "shit."
a dimorphic fungus associated with yeast infections in humans
neologism: immense and involved with maps
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Chinese-style-time-sponsorship; a reference to China's use of animal signs to date the years (Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, etc.); the obvious inspiration or model for Subsidized Time.
scraps of food
the capital of New Hampshire
a university in South Carolina
a town 125 miles south-southwest of Chicago
suffering from acromegaly, a chronic disease characterized by enlarged bones of the extremities, face, and jaw, caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland
a town in upstate New York, home to Cornell University
deliberately artificial or vulgar -- sometimes referring specifically to gay humor
Wikipedia defines robber-barons as "businessmen and bankers who dominated their respective industries and amassed huge personal fortunes, typically as a direct result of pursuing various allegedly anti-competitive or unfair business practices."
a nickname for Oliver, like "Ollie"
"...one slim cat with an outsized leg..."
i.e., Orin Incandenza
intending to pacify or calm
occurring every four years
French: my dear
"look into my eyes: no new enhancements"
Cf. George H. W. Bush saying "Read my lips: no new taxes" during his 1988 election campaign (See Wikipedia).
malaprop: In Greek mythology, this the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades. President Gentle is mixing his mythological metaphors here: Cerberus's three heads were not horned, as was that of the Minotaur, with its bull's head on the body of a man.
malaprop: A tendon in the back of the leg, near the foot, named for the great Greek hero of the Trojan War. But Achilles was mortally wounded by Paris's poisoned arrow, not by a thorn, which instead figures prominently in Aesop's tale of The Lion and the Mouse, which is thematically related to the folk tale not in Aesop, Androcles and the Lion.
NOAD: a three-beat gait of a horse or other quadruped between a trot and a gallop:
Remove -ish, and you have Pig Latin for "nix." - the hand gesture is negative, no-saying, with intent to end Gentle's utterance
Housing and Urban Development