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☽ - Lyle, the Guru on the Towel Dispenser

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yogic full lotus
the cross-legged sitting position

crustacean
the branch of animals with external skeletons, including lobsters, shrimp, and other similar shellfish

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DEUS PROVIDEBIT
Latin: God will provide. The line appears in the Vulgate (Latin) version of the Bible at Genesis 22:8, where Abraham tell Isaac, whom he intends to sacrifice, that God will provide an animal for the sacrifice.

crewed
worked in a gang

boosting
stealing

onnings
awnings

Patty citizen type
slang for a "Patrician" type — respectable citizen, person of means, &c.

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elemonade
eliminate

map
face

slope
derogatory slang for a person of Asian descent

insentive not to eat no cheese
to discourage the victim from contacting law enforcement

pernt
point

Copley
Copley Square, a neighborhood of Boston

personnel works
(personal works) - personal equipment for injecting drugs

cop
obtain drugs

aile
aisle

Bow&Arrow
a reference to the Bow and Arrow Pub at 1 Bow Street. Closed in 2000 due to a building renovation and the rent being raised.

foran
foreign

Cheap-O Records
a reference to Cheapo Records (no hyphen) in Central Square, Cambridge. It was located at 645 Mass Ave when the book was written, but the building has since been demolished. It now resides at 538 Mass Ave. http://www.cheaporecords.com/

trancemission
transmission

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dopesick
in withdrawal from opiates such as heroin

old hose
old whores

supperst
supposed

petaled ass
(peddled ass) prostituted himself

roll
rob

legless on shots alone
very drunk to the point of not being able to walk well

wet work
sexual acts in exchange for drugs/money/etc. [Not sure of poster's source for this. Seems like a reasonable interpretation, but "wet work" usually refers to killing, with "wet" referring to blood, which is at least equally plausible in this context.]

pernts
points

stifing
(stiffing) They did not give the Santa any money.

feather snake
feather boa - a feathered scarf

eat cheese
be a rat

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pissboys
people who administer urine drug tests

glass pipes
for smoking crack

Crown Royal in purple bags
Crown Royal is Canadian whisky that comes in a purple cloth bag

kwai9
quinine

p-dope
heavily cut heroin

bunk
poor quality, cut, or fake

bundles
heroin

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stoal
stole

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super statiously
superstitiously

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Hotshots
poisoned heroin so as to be lethal when injected

booted
injected

thearized
theorized

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true straight eating cheese


Kicking the Bird
eliminate the heroin habit (going thru withdrawal)

three squars
three squares; i.e. three square meals

methadoan
Methadone - used to help ease off a heroin addiction

☽ November 3rd, YDAU - Orin calls Hal (about Separatism)

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Phoenician
Orin uses it to mean a native of Phoenix, but the Phoenicians were actually an ancient culture who founded the city of Carthage. True, true, not related. The demonym for persons who live in Phoenix is Phoenicians

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Advent
the four Sundays preceding Christmas

Ennet House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House

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Year of the Whopper

Walpole
a suburb of Boston about eighteen miles from the city

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mythopoeia
the creating of a myth

Yushityu
literally appears to be: "You shit, you"

State Farm E-mail - my def. of a bad day.

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Year of Dairy Products From the American Heartland

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blood-alcohol of .3+
If "legally drunk" is now .08 in many states, it's fair to say this guy was hammered

bricklayer
The story of the barrel of bricks is thought to have originated in British music halls of the 1920s, and was printed as a story in a 1937 issue of Readers Digest. The story's most famous iterations are probably the speech given by German-British musician and humourist Gerard Hoffnung at the Oxford Union in 1958 (later released as an LP) and the comic song 'The Sick Note', written by Pat Cooksey in 1969.

900 kg
fifteen pounds short of a ton

75 kg
about 165.3 pounds

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30 kg
a little over 66 pounds

February 21st, YPWC - Hal's First Film Commentary

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Year of the Perdue Wonderchicken

21 February
David Foster Wallace was born February 21, 1962.

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Viz.
Latin abbreviation for videlicet, meaning "that is to say"

Mirandized
read his or her rights, from the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona (1965)

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probity
integrity

August 10th, YDAU - Helen Steeply's Only Putative Published Article

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Jarvik IX
undoubtedly named for Robert Koffler Jarvik (born 1946), inventor of the first artificial heart placed in a human being

restenosis
stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of blood vessels; restenosis is a recurrence of stenosis

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Etienne Aigner
a fashionable leather goods manufacturer

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Brigham and Women's City of Boston Hospital
a real hospital, now affiliated with Harvard Medical School

Tally of Sèparatisteur/Anti-O.N.A.N. Groups

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Les Fils de Montcalm
French: Sons of Montcalm. Probably referring to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran (1712-1759), French general during the French and Indian War who presided over the fall of Québec.

Decline of Videophony

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homuncular
of or pertaining to a diminutive human being

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straw boater
a type of hat (a "boater") made of straw

tumescent
swollen

Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment

Freddie-Mac
common name for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company

trivalent
in this context, most likely [OED]: of a vaccine: giving immunity to three forms of a disease. Also, [having a chemical valance of three]

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vectored
To vector is to direct the position of (an airplane).

gumlet
By context, it would seem this word is a synonym for aglet.

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furtive
shifty or sneaky

Physiognomic Dysphoria
Loosely, it means "feeling badly about how one looks."

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snafus
plural of "snafu," a military acronym for "situation normal: all fucked up"

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ostentatious
pretentious or showy

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verve
enthusiasm or vigor

precipitant
sudden, hasty, or rash

micro-econometrist
An econometrist is an economist who uses statistical methods. A microeconomist is an economist who studies a smaller level of economics, i.e., firms and businesses rather than nations or international business.

Ludditism
Named for Ned Ludd (born Ned Ludlam), the Luddites were 19th century opposers of the Industrial Revolution.

retrograde
moving backward

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electric zirconium jewelry
Jewelry made of zircon. Electricity can be applied to a zircon to make a lamp.

NoCoat LinguaScrapers
tongue scrapers designed to remove a film coat

and c.
Et cetera or etc. is Latin for "and other things." Here Wallace has translated et and left c untranslated.

panagoraphobia
fear of going outside (agoraphobia) in any place (pan-)

☽ - Urine Testing

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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment


agnate
related or akin through males, as in a line of males and a line of females (coeds)

widow's peak
a hairline that dips down to a V-shaped point in front when the hair is pulled back

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Endnote 52

spectrometer
an optical instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum

E.M.I.T. and AbuScreen/RIA
Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique; Abusecreen is a brand name of drug test, and RIA stands for radioimmunoassay, "a procedure that measures minute amounts of a substance, such as a hormone or drug, by quantitating the binding, or the inhibition of binding, of a radiolabeled substance to an antibody" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).

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cc
cubic centimeter, equal to 0.001 liters

wienerman
hot-dog salesman

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Yarmouth sail
a type of boat sail, seen here

Pepperdine
a university in Malibu, Calif.

derrick
A derrick is "a jib crane having a boom hinged near the base of the mast so as to rotate about the mast, for moving a load toward or away from the mast by raising or lowering the boom" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).

foot-treadle
a lever worked by foot

f/x
special effects in film

Bolex
a Swiss camera manufacturer

undulating
moving with a wave-like motion

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petrochemical
a chemical derived from petroleum or natural gas

spronging
sprong is Dutch for "to leap or bound"

Eschatonic
The name of the game is based on the same root as eschatology, i.e., the study of the end of the world.

pünch
There is no such German word.

serpentine
snake-like

dilettantish
from "dilettante" - a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.

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dento-dermal
by the skin of his teeth

brine
salt water

emulsion
Emulsion is colloidal suspension of one liquid in another.

differentials
first derivatives in calculus

three Canadians copulating on a snowmobile
One Website (x281 Beast From 20,000 Fathoms) seems to give the answer as a "BBQ-ed Polar Bear," which, if correct, makes about as much sense as the question!

high-water
pants hemmed too high

erumpent
1. bursting forth. 2. (of fungi or algae) prominent; projecting from or bursting through host tissue.

gratis
free of charge

ex cathedra
Latin for "from the chair" and referring to the doctrine of papal infallibility on matters of faith and morals

éclat
great brilliance or conspicuous success

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dewy-eyed
exhibiting childlike simplicity

FIENDS IN HUMAN SHAPE
how a Memphis newspaper described Union soldiers during the Civil War

Feenian
possibly "fenian", referring to a breed of horse or to both the Fenian Brotherhood and Irish Republican Brotherhood, two organizations dedicated to the establishment of an independent Irish republic

Brighton
a section of Boston

natal
of or pertaining to a person's birth

Brutus
Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 BC) was the most famous assassin of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC).

vade mecum
Latin for "go with me," this is a book for quick reference


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