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Latin: Let Us Rejoice
The name of the game is based on "eschatology" (from the Greek ἔσχατος, Eschatos meaning "last" and -logy meaning "the study of") which is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with what is believed to be the final events in the history of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as the end of the world. Wikipedia
a sudden sense of excitement
a city 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English-Calvinist preacher and writer. You can read Pilgrim's Progress here.
a German brand of handgun
The United States of America and other NATO nations
The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations
The People's Republic of China
Libya and Syria
LIBSYR plus Iran
India and Pakistan
Mean-Value Theorem for Integrals
Read all about it here.
Extreme Value Theorem
This is explained here.
The proper plural is "data."
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by way of summary
a popular parlor game played with dice
There is an actual company by this name, though whether this is the same company to which Wallace refers, I don't know.
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a three-pronged outlet
Dürer's 'The Magnificent Beast'
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a German painter and mathematician. You can see the work cited here.
a warlike disposition
Presque Isle ME
a city of Maine about 20 miles west of the border with New Brunswick, Canada
There doesn't seem to be a real city by this name either, though pliscu seems to be a word pertaining to the nose.
spin given to a ball in tennis causing it to rotate forward
spreads like cancer
the required minimum number of people required to carry forth a particular task
Defense Readiness Condition, i.e., the measure of the activation of the U.S. Armed Forces in reaction to a real or perceived threat. The higher the number, the lower the threat; the numbers as used in Infinite Jest are used incorrectly, i.e., the higher the DEFCON number, the higher the risk.
here used as a military term for an area in which warfare is carried out
people who (in this case) play tennis merely for amusement
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This denotes a single weakness, taken from Greek mythology and the warrior Achilles, hero of the Iliad, who was made invincible to weapons by his mother dipping him in the river Styx. However, because he was held by his heel, he was vulnerable in this single place; Paris was able to kill Achilles by wounding him in the heel with an arrow.
enters the phase of using tactical nuclear weapons
an alternate spelling for the Xinjiang province of China
an archipelago of Islands stretching west from the coast of Alaska toward (and over) the International Date Line
a type of Soviet surface-to-surface (SS) missile
Israel's national airline
a short- or medium-range passenger aircraft
Hussein I (1935-1999), king of Jordan, and Saddam Hussein (1937-2006), president of Iraq
another name for Kuujjuaq, Québec, in the Arctic Circle
the mainland part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland
Formerly known as Tsaritsyn and then Stalingrad, this is a city of Russia on the Volga River, downriver from Moscow.
a Russian brand of vodka
small or trifling
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American fighter jets
Cape Flattery Naval Base
It's not clear whether there is a naval base at Cape Flattery currently, but the town itself is in the state of Washington, about 140 miles west-northwest of Seattle.
a large city in Russian Siberia
a mountain range in far east Siberia
SOVWAR's bald and port-wine-stained premier
This is no doubt a reference to Mikhail Gorbachev (see right), the last head of state of the USSR, although he was never premier.
a type of arachnid
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Prince albert in a can
a really old, bad phone gag
a Russian island in the Pacific Ocean
a town about 90 miles due south of Columbus, Ohio
about 8.8 pounds
the fleet of the U.S. Navy that patrols the Mediterranean
as if suffering from a stroke
"...only to be asked if his refrigerator's running..."
another ancient, terrible phone gag
Air Force One
the official personal plane of the President of the U.S.
apparently not a real place
a city in Syria, not far from Damascus
sues for terms
i.e., sues for peace
a city in Lebanon
a city in the far south of Tunisia
a city in the Czech Republic about 200 miles east of Prague
a large piece of artillery
National Security Agency
alternate spelling of Tianjin
Air Force Two
personal plane of the Vice President of the United States
a city about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City
Normally this word denotes an advertisement written to appear as if it's journalism, but here Wallace seems to mean bearing an ad.
Normally referring to the Talmud, here it means making fine distinctions.
A public affairs magazine that describes itself as the flagship of neoconservatism. It was founded by the American Jewish Committee and is still known for its coverage of Jewish issues.
a major of Israel at the northern end of the Negev desert
integrity or honesty
a bit over 1554 square yards
a city around 160 miles southwest of Chicago
descriptive of the altitudes of the land on a map
This road runs from Davenport, Iowa, to Cincinnati
a type of missile
not a real word, though a frequent usage mistake
used because we're dealing with circular and spherical areas of damage
A curie (Ci) is a measure of radioactivity, defined as 3.7×1010 decays per second. The more commonly used measurement in science is the becquerel. 1.4 million curies is equal to 59.2 million gigabecquerels.
having a tiny head
drug marketed as an appetite suppressant
Troeltsch's left eye is nystagmic. Nystagmia is an involuntary eye-movement characterised by the combination of a smooth pursuit, which usually acts to take the eye off the point of regard, interspersed with the saccadic movement that serves to bring the eye back on target.
oriented toward thinking
The roentgen (R) is a unit of measurement for ionizing radiation and uses the units charge divided by unit weight (C/kg). The preferred scientific unit is the gray (Gy), a unit of absorbed dose (of radiation).
the capital of Belarus
a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul about 3 miles southwest
not irrational, but also not rational -- rather lacking the ability to tell one from the other
a type of fish
A gander, as used here, is a look or peek.
St. John of God
difficult to understand
a tool used in decision analysis
Here used as a verb for "to lead," an Imam is a Muslim cleric.
According to Wikipedia, "Strip mining is the practice of mining a seam of mineral by first removing a long strip of overlying soil and rock." The implication here seems to be simply that Ingersoll is picking rather deeply.
ad service box
the box to serve into when an odd number of points have been played (so when on player or the other has the advantage, i.e. is ahead in points); as opposed to the "deuce service box" where one serves when an even number of points have been played (in particular when the game is tied at deuce).
to hold a discussion
a country of West Africa
a real brand of aspirin
the largest city in Pakistan and capital of its Sindh province
proximity to reality
French for "gray eminence," this is a powerful adviser or decision-maker.
a combination of the names of two early British settlers of America: William Penn and Miles Standish (1584-1656), the military commander of Plymouth colony who traveled to Massachusetts on the Mayflower.
'Its showing on the goddamn map, not the territory...'
This is a reference to the statement "the map is not the territory," i.e., the thing representing some other thing is not that other thing in reality -- just a representation of it. Count Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (1879-1950), the founder of general semantics, coined the phrase. It's interesting that the term "map" appears so often in Infinite Jest, as in reference to suicide (eliminating one's own map). Clearly Wallace is doing something with this general idea.
a way of restarting a game of rugby after a point has been scored
the part of the Indian into which the Persian Gulf (or Arabian Gulf) leads
regarding a theory devised to analyze a previous theory
El Greco (Spanish for "the Greek") was the byname of Doménicos Theotokópoulos (1541-1614), a Greek-Spanish painter. Presumably a "bad" El Greco, i.e., a bad piece of art by El Greco, would have the characteristics Hal considers in Pemulis's face.
Paralytic would imply that this "thought-helix" stops everything else both physical and mental in Hal's actions/thoughts. A helix is a spiral, so a thought-helix is a thought-spiral, which goes on and on but never really gets anywhere.
about 4.25 feet
In economics or statistics, this is a quantity/quality to be maximized in decision making.
the hips, buttocks, and upper thighs
to think about something
a catch-all term for the pre-Columbian cultures of what is now Mexico
the English name for Côte d'Ivoire
another nation in west Africa
a decision about a previous decision
a case for maps or plates made to look like a book
total, e.g., the aggregate IQ of the people in a room would be all their individual IQs added together
not a real word
Abu Kemal and Es Suweida
Abu Kamal is in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. As-Suwayda is also in Syria, near its border with Jordan. This is to say that Ingersoll is patrolling Syria's eastern frontier.
the cane of a tap dancer (which is what a hoofer is)
As opposed to de jure, which would mean legally, de facto implies a situation is true even if not legally true.
One True Faith
inability to stick with a choice
water made to rise by the motion of a boat
compromise Eschaton's map
which here would seem to mean that Lord may just kill Eschaton as a game
something anatomically impossible
i.e., to go fuck himself
having three parts
another name for vitamin B1
Nigeria and Chad
bordering nations in North Africa, just south of the Sahara
dividing into triangles
furthest up front, as in military formation
a military maneuver whereby an enemy is attacked not from the front, but at both sides or flanks
a type of nuclear strike
According to a boxing Web site, "the right cross is thrown in a straight line to the target and comes back in a straight line to the chin." The left cross is delivered with left hand.
gathering increasing amounts
Todd is trying to say "nose."
Better known as the Indian subcontinent, it includes India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
The colonial name for what is now Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
the line at the end of a tennis court, parallel to the net, that marks the boundary of play
a clasp for a door or lid
An acronym for modulation-demodulation, it is a data-transfer device.
the construction forming the sides, top, and back of a piece of equipment
the vertical axis