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755 · Speaking of E.T.A...

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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment

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Felicity Zweig
"Felicity" means happiness, while Zweig is German for "stick" or "branch."

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Gilbert Treffert
still not a real player

Endnote 316

resembling Hamlet's girlfriend — see Hamlet IV.v

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Montague Semantics
This is a form of natural language semantics.

Endnote 317

wildly expensive hdcover
It's a real book and the hardcover goes for $105.85. It has been issued in softcover for $29. The publication information is either wrong or varies.

public limited company

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ten meters
about 32.8 feet

1. The starched front of a shirt.

2. A large pad worn by a fencer to protect the chest.

3. The part of a tortoise's shell that covers the underside.

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a patch of hair standing on end

a pennant or flag or banner

walking around

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hard studying, cramming

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knowing without having been told

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A manufacturer of inexpensive ball-point pens. Probably blue, here.

St. Pamphile
This is a town close to Québec City; Pamphile is St. Pamphilus.

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talking in a rambling, foolish way

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769 · Mario and Hal at Night

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"Thank you Sir may I have another"
a line from Animal House

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a smooth transition from one thing to another

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not having yielded or submitted

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Pangloss is a character in Voltaire's Candide, who is wont to say "in the best of all possible worlds."

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on target

in a manner of one who is lying

ornate or florid in speech

in a manner using few words

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Eve Arden
Eve Arden (1908-1990) was an American actress.

774 · Marathe and Kate G. Talk

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Big Book
the AA handbook

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Switzerland does not have provinces; it has cantons.

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Swiss metal helmets
Kate is probably thinking "Swedish" as in a Viking's helmet.

He probably means schuss, i.e., skiing.

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recurrence of stenosis, i.e., narrowing of blood vessels

French: Boy! (used in reference to the waiter)

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m'épouse au future
French: future spouse

misspelling of "Jarvik"

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She may be using this particular epithet to mean "one who has holes in his head," à la Swiss cheese.

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I voot make ze hreply zat
i.e., I would make the reply that — Kate making fun of Marathe's accent

782 · Hal and Mario Continued

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Irish Spring
i.e., a strong-smelling brand of soap

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poppy-seed bagel
conventional wisdom telling that eating such bagels would cause one to test positive for opiates

to sniff as in trying to detect something

they clear the system very quickly

a brand of steak knives, once sold on late-night television commercials

Calli tea
Read about this here.

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a perfect score
since Infinite Jest was published in 1996, it is safe to assume Wallace means a score of 1600, which was a perfect score at the time of Infinite Jest's publishing - a perfect score on the SAT is now a 2400, since the addition of a Writing Test on top of the original Math and Verbal sections.

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i.e., pours over books, reads them carefully

Endnote 321

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