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Remington-hung Hal is referring to the fact that the office he's in is decorated with art by Frederic Remington (1861-1909), an American painter who work can be seen online here.

half-Windsors A type of knot used to tie a necktie

Harold Incandenza Hal's full first name is given for the first time.

Enfield A fictional town just west of Boston, which exists where parts of the real town of Brighton and the Boston neighborhood of Allston exist in reality. There used to be a real Enfield in western Massachusetts but it was disincorporated in 1938.

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O.N.A.N.C.A.A. Organization of North American Nations Collegiate Atheltic Assocation -- presumably the future complement of the NCAA.

wen "A benign encysted tumor of the skin, esp. on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)

Randolph Tennis Center The Randolph Tennis Center is a real place, near Tuscon, Ariz., where the main campus of the University of Arizona is also located.

El Con Marriott "El Con" is short for "El Conquistador," and while there is a Hilton El Conquidistdor Hotel in Tuscon, the Marriot has a different name.

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"...the fat women in the Viking hat having sung..." Another way of saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings." This expression refers to opera, particularly those by Richard Wagner.

62.5% Out of eight people in the room (including himself, three deans, the Director of Composition, deLint, and C.T.), five are looking at Hal. Hal not being able to look at himself, two people are not looking at Hal, presumably deLint and C.T.

circumflex A circumflex is a diacritical mark, as seen in the French verb être (to be). Presumably, the dean's eyebrows have taken on this shape.

Pac 10 The Pacific 10 athletic conference, the other members of which are: Arizona State Univ., Univ. of California at Berkeley, Univ. of Oregon, Oregon State Univ., Stanford Univ., UCLA, USC, Univ. of Washington, and Washington State Univ.

Kekuléan Referring to Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz (a.k.a. August Kekulé), a German organic chemist (1829-1896). Chemicals are said to be formed by knots of elements. The exact shape to which Hal is referring is unclear.

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aviarian This word, not found in dictionaries, would seem to mean "of or pertaining to an aviary," an aviary being where birds are kept.

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lapidary A jewel-cutter

effete Degenerate or decadent

Prescriptive Grammar This terms describes a school of thought that there are rules of grammar that should be obeyed and taught. Wallace is firmly in this school.

Post-Fourier Transformations Named for Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830), a French mathematician, a Fourier transformation is "a certain linear operator that maps functions to other functions" (Wikipedia). Post-Fourier would refer to those transformations that came after Fourier.

Holographically Mimetic Approximating reality using holograms

Montague Grammar Named for Richard Merett Montague (1930-1971), an American logician, this is an approach to semantics that suggests that the semantics of natural languages is essentially the same as those of formal languages, such as logic or computer programming.

Physical Modality Modality, in linguistics, refers to sign theory. Physical modality would, therefore, be either how a physical thing is represented by a sign or how any idea is represented by something physical.

Tertiary Third-level

Justinian The era of the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565)

sotto Italian for "below," it means the dean is speaking in a low voice.

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Oxbridge Quadrivium-Trivium Oxbridge refers to the two oldest colleges in the U.K., Oxford and Cambridge. The Quadrivium are the four academic subjects of arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. The Trivium are three disciplines, i.e., grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

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N.A.A.U.P. North American Associaton of University Professors, the presumed followed to the American Assocation of University Professors.

de moi French: from me

"...who use whomsoever as a subject..." "Whosoever" would be the proper subjective form of this word.

capillary webs The smallest networks of blood vessels, where arteries turn into veins

defacatory As if eliminating solid bodily waste

RICO An acronym for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a statute used primarily to charge organized crime figures in criminal conspiracies.

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Brewster's-Angle light Name for Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), a Scottish scientist, the angle is the angle which non-polarized light striking a surface at will reflect polarized light. Presumably a desk lamp is position at such an angle. This is explained in better detail here.

Weston A suburb of Boston, about 17 miles west of the city

Orin Hal's older brother, his name means "a tree" or "pale."

Rototiller a brand name of rotary tiller

hirsute hairy

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presbyopic Literally "old-eyed," this is the inability to focus one's eyes as one grows older

plumb perpendicular

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Kirkegaard Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a 19th century Danish philosopher and one of the progenitors of existential philosophy

Camus Albert Camus was a 20th century Algerian-born French author of existentialist texts.

Dennis Gabor Dennis Gabor, born Gábor Dénes, was a 20th century Hungarian physicist who invented holography, for which he received the Nobel Prize.

"...Hobbes is just Rousseau in a dark mirror..." Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was a British philosopher and author of Leviathan. In it, he suggests that the only escape from living in a state of nature that is "solitary, nasty, brutish, and short" is to build societies. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was the Swiss-French philosopher who wrote The Social Contract, in which he advances the same argument but idealizes the state of nature.

Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was a highly influential German philosopher.

creatus Latin for "creation," the line over the a indicates the vowel is pronounced as in "hate" rather than in "father."

pinioned To pinion is to disable a bird by clipping its wings.

Nunn Bush A brand of shoes

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half nelson a wrestling hold where both arms are pinned behind the back

Heimlich The Heimlich maneuver, named for contemporary American physician Henry Jay Heimlich, dislodges food from a choking person's trachea by applying sharp pressure to the abdomen.

pases This is the plural of pase, a Spanish word used in bullfighting to denote the movement of the matador's cape in drawing in the bull.

supine lying on one's back

enfilade a word used to denote a type of military gunfire. A formation or position is "in enfilade" if weapons fire can be directed along its length. For instance, a column of marching troops is enfiladed if fired on from the front rather than the side.

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Whataburger apparently a genuine fast food chain

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espadrilles shoes popular in Latin American with rope for soles

cirri plural of cirrus, a type of cloud

martinet a strict disciplinarian

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ultra-mach Named for Ernst Mach (1838-1916), a Bohemian-Austrian physicist, the mach unit is a unit for the speed of sound. "Ultra-mach" would apply to a plane flying at several times the speed of sound.

barnwood This word refers to "aged and weathered boards, esp. those salvaged from dismantled barns" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).

starboard list Employing the nautical term for "right" (starboard), the woman referred to tends to move right as she tries to move forward.

incisionish a neologism meaning "of or like an incision"

infantophile This would seem to imply a person who has an affinity for infants.

hypophalangial missing fingers

Himself's I.e., James Incandenza, this is the first reference to Hal's father.

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"...Donald Gately and I dig up my father's head..." See Hamlet, Act Five, Scene One.

Venus Williams At the time this novel was published, Venus Williams would have been sixteen years old.

Dymphna Dymphna was a 7th century Irish saint. Her feast day is May 15. She is the patron saint of mental illness professionals, epilectics, and the mentally ill, among others.

Petropolis Kahn Petropolis is Greek for "city of stone" or "city of Peter." Petrópolis is a city in Brazil near Rio de Janeiro. A treaty was signed there on November 11, 1903, ending hostilities between Bolivia and Brazil.

"Kahn" is a variant on the Jewish name for a priest, i.e., kohen.

etiology the cause of a disease

O.E.D. VI's count This is a reference to the Oxford English Dictionary, sixth edition.

Latinate deriving from Latin

Saxonic deriving from Old English

Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment

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200 grams a little over seven ounces

"...using just audio.." The implication here is that in the time of the book, there are videophones.

Allston A part of of Boston proper, west of downtown and across the Charles river from Cambridge. The fictional Enfield most likely occupies part of what is in reality Allston.

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TP "Teleputer", as used elsewhere in the text. Assumed to be a hybridized communications/entertainment device.

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Mountie a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their equivalent of the FBI

Porter Square, Cambridge a neighborhood of Cambridge bordering on Somerville, about a mile from Tufts University, which is on the Somerville/Medford border

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Wedekind festival This would presumably be a festival celebrating the plays of German playwright Benjamin Franklin Wedekind (1864-1914), a proto-expressionist.

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pleurisy inflammation of the pleurae, the membranes surrounding the lungs

120 grams about 4.2 ounces

Tito Puente Ernest Anthony Puente, Jr., an internationally known Puerto Rican jazz musician.

Marlborough Street Marlborough Street runs through the Back Bay area of Boston.

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methamphetamine hydrochloride As the endnote on p. 983 tells us, this the chemical name for crystal meth. Calling to mind that Infinite Jest was published in 1996, don't think crystal meth is a new phenomenon.

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magisculed "Magiscules" are upper-case letters; Wallace is using this noun as a verb.

50 grams about 1.75 ounces

hydroponic grown in water without soil

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stein a drinking mug

E.W.D. land barge perhaps "Enfield Waste Disposal"

half a meter nearly 20 inches

carb Short for "carburetor," just as the carburetor in an internal combustion engine mixes air with gas to allow combustion, the carbuteror on a water pipe allows one to draw air in with marijuana smoke.

teleputer Presumably a computer which shows television shows or movies, it occurs to me now that "TP" may stand for "teleputer."

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