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More Visitors for Gately
Gately means American author Edith Wharton's 1911 novel Ethan Frome.
having eyes at the ends of stalks
a word that has come into existence by error rather than by normal linguistic transmission, as through the mistaken reading of a manuscript, a scribal error, or a misprint. (Dictionary.com)
the writing of ancient Sumer, made by digging a wedge into clay
the plan to rebuild Germany after WWII
a reference to a popular western film
of or pertaining to the fluid that lubricates the joints
pregnancy in the fallopian tube
the generic name for Advil
designed to combat fever
Usually in drug names, this stands for "sustained release."
brand name for hydromorphone hydrochloride
a marshy arm of a lake
These drugs are highly addictive. Cocaine is in this class, as it is still used legally in dentistry.
also the active ingredient in Vicodin
Oxycodone also the active ingredient in Oxycontin. Naloxone blocks (partially, one must guess) the effects of opioids, probably to reduce abuse potential.
Attached to a drug name, this means it contains Naloxone.
circles within circles (and more annularity); more specifically circles of different radii but a common center
printed, glazed fabric, usually of bright colors
the lobsters' eyes' stalks
see OMMATOPHORIC earlier on pg. 884
The fish asking about what's water.
A reference to DFW's Kenyon College commencement speech This Is Water
a town in northern Massachusetts about 40 miles east of Nashua, N.H.
within the eye
a brand of aspirin with a protectant for the stomach
the Kennedy Presidential library, located in Boston
expensive Italian shoes
reserved or reticent in speech; saying little.
i.e., "ebullient" (with bubbles)
i.e., "heartbeat" with a Boston accent ("Ya can't pak ya ca in Havid Yad.")
sombrero w/ balls
a cartoonish pronunciation (à la Bugs Bunny) of "moron;" (see note for page 302 supra)
a brand of enema
Hal Continues Narrating
Opera by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) that premiered in 1900. Hal's "protracted death aria" is probably Cavaradossi's final aria 'E lucevan le stelle' ('And the stars shone'). Full lyrics and a recording can be found here.
thinking too much
a million grams, or slightly over 2,200 pounds
slaughtered, yes, but not cut apart while still living
Yale Journal of Alcohol Studies
There is no such journal.
a little over six feet tall
DFW is making up a noun here. Recumbent means “sprawled out” or otherwise sitting comfortably. So you add the suffix -cy to that to get an “action” noun from an adjective, in this case a couch where one can be recumbent. From Dictionary.com -cy: a suffix used to form abstract nouns from adjectives with stems in -t, -te, -tic, and especially-nt (democracy; accuracy; expediency; stagnancy; lunacy), and sometimes used to form action nouns (vacancy; occupancy).
"husband" pillows like the one shown at right
a brand name of PET film
a type of Buddhist meditation (Wikipedia); usually spelled "Vipassana"
"...etymology of the word blizzard..."
While Hal believes the etymology is unknown, there is one offered here.
probably fear of light, although the proper term is "photophobia"
something similar in appearance to a breakfast sausage link, but perhaps made of textured vegetable protein rather than pork or other meat
asserted with confidence
a newly coined word
"...corruption of the French blesser,..."
Blesser is French for "to injure or wound."
the name of several real publications
Sitney and Schneewind's Dictionary of Environmental Sciences
There is no such book, but the name Schneewind is German for "snow wind." There are two contemporary academics with those surnames, though they are not scientists: P. Adams Sitney (b. 1944) is a scholar of avant-garde film; J.B. Schneewind (b. 1930) is a philosopher and an authority on Kant and the history of ethics
about 4.73 inches
about 38.3 miles per hour
a little over 1,650 feet
keenness of perception
the mathematical study of sets
the verbal adjective or present participle―in English, these end in "ing";
Hal confronts his sausage-analog in Shakespeare.
having extremely short limbs
a town in Vermont about 75 miles west of Manchester, N.H.
having dwarfism as a result of a disorder of bone and cartilage
having teeth that are all of similar form (see page 316 and endnote 119)
another name for the premolar teeth (see note for page 316)
Possibly a portmanteau-word combining Kevlar and Teflon, meaning a substance that is tough and slippery (Urbandictionary.com).