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April 30th/May 1st, YDAU - Marathe & Steeply on the A.F.R.'s motives

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subject to acting on a whim

Caillou Bay
caillou = quail in French. You can see a map of southern Louisiana here.

a corruption of Acadian, a French-speaking people dwelling in the woods of Louisiana, having emigrated there from French Canada two hundred years ago

Taurus PT9
You can see this pistol here.

The gun's safety is off.

Dock workers who load and unload ships.

neologism: pertaining to a depiction of someone that exaggerates certain facial or bodily characteristics

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the act of placing something under a more comprehensive category

This is how we used to spell "role" in English and how it's still spelled in French.

the capital of Alberta

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derogatory term for people who wear keffiyehs or turbans

desire to do harm

exactly describable

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lacking in ideas or intelligence

Shining Path
Maoist guerrilla group in Peru (Wikipedia)

Maxwell House
a brand of coffee

M. Kemp
as in Monsieur Kemp, i.e., Jack Kemp, implying he was assassinated with a bomb in his house

Very Large Satan
or "Great Satan," if you will

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utilitarian, i.e., providing the greatest good for the greatest number

Comme on dit
French: Like they say

burning some k. down
what is k.?? presumably kilometers (kerosene or kindling fits the context better, I wot)

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Bien sûr
of course

a gorge or deep cleft in the earth's surface

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Habitant soupe aux pois
Habitant is Québecois French for "farmer," though it seems like a brand name here. Soupe aux pois is pea soup, very popular in Québec. Habitant is in fact a Canadian brand of soup made by the Campbell Company of Canada.

in a sarcastic or mocking way

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a chain of supermarkets

rough and prickly seed husks prone to sticking to hair or fur

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French: friend

un autre
an other, i.e., an outsider

pursuivre le bonheur
French: (properly poursuivre) pursuit of happiness

downward slope

simple and tranquil scenes of nature

on one's back

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awkward or unwieldy

Endnote 173

Endnote 304

Notes and Errata - Endnote 304

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Veuillez Recycler Ce Contenant
French: Please Recycle This Container

en ce moment
French: at this moment

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not a real French word
"éclairer" is French for enlighten, so we can assume this is intended to mean enlightenment.

boisterous celebration, back-formation from Mafeking (now Mafikeng), from the rejoicings at the relief of the siege there during the Boer War in 1900 — Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition. Probably no connection intended with Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, a character in Gravity's Rainbow

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Entre nous
French: Between us

usually denoting the police force of France or a formerly French nation, here simply meaning law enforcement agencies

The Rest of the Eric Clipperton Story

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performed with minimal effort or care, done just out of routine or duty

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in tennis, a slider is a sliced serve with side spin. Refer here.

Year of the Whopper

Forest Lawn NNY
a town in New York state, on Lake Ontario

a piece of armor covering the heart

an Apple brand of laptop computer, preceding the MacBook

the amount charged by a bookie for facilitating bets

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NOAD: an addition or supplement that explains, modifies, or revokes a will or part of one

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

a city in Massachusetts about 8.5 miles northwest of Boston

in this context, advice or guidance, especially that given formally. It can also be used to refer to attorney(s)

the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained

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i.e., green about the gills, about to vomit

NOAD: a highly unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapor

NOAD: a smokeless explosive made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine, and petroleum jelly, used in ammunition.

Crawfordsville, Indiana
a town about 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis

Veedersburg IN
this town lies 22 miles west of Crawfordsville on Route 74

[physiology] extremely slow in movement [The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary]

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a change or variation in the course of something; or a hardship due to chance

neologism: a participle has been made of the noun votary: OED: One who is devoted to a particular religion, or to some form of worship or religious observance; a devotee.

Gately's Other Job

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Jamaica Plain
a section of Boston

cab of his 4 X 4
A 4 X 4 is a vehicle having 4 wheels, each of which is powered; and the cab is where people sit.

under the table, i.e., off the books so that taxes don't have to be paid

plural of the Yiddish word "yutz" meaning fool (See Wikipedia)

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a procedure by which feces exit the body via an opening in the abdominal wall into a bag, rather than via the anus

Kaposi's Sarcoma
a type of viral cancer caused by HHV8 that is perhaps best known for causing skin lesions, among many other types of lesions. It is often seen in the setting of immune system dysfunction, as caused by HIV infection / AIDS

oozing pus

shaking frenzy, from the Latin delirium tremens, seen most often in early alcohol withdrawal

actually, undoubtedly, semen with its attendant sperm

see previous note

Breaking and Entry, i.e., burglary

slang: $5 bill

a brand of menthol cigarettes

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mobilely upward
that is to say, upwardly mobile

a funny remark

More O.N.A.N.T.A. History

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a city in California about 15 miles west of Sacramento

a powder mix used to make chocolate milk

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sodium cyanide is among the most rapidly acting of all known poisons

a type of pin or bolt; DFW is likely playing off the phrase "dead as a doornail" here

Dr. Rusk might be composing acrostic poems, in which the first letters of each line, read sequentially, spell a word or phrase or create a mnemonic device, but it's more likely that she's solving acrostic puzzles, in which the letters comprising a quotation (typically 180-225) are scrambled into a set of clued entries (most commonly 22-26), the first letters of which spell out the name of the author of the quotation and the work in which it appears.

like defrocked, except for a nun. The Carmelites being a Roman Catholic Order which puts an emphasis on contemplation.

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Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold V (1741-1801) was an American general during the Revolutionary War who turned traitor for the British.

Endnote 176

Minister of Environment and Resource-Development Enterprises
The initials spell merde, which is French for "shit."

Candida albicans
a dimorphic fungus associated with yeast infections in humans

neologism: immense and involved with maps

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Chinese-style-time-sponsorship; a reference to China's use of animal signs to date the years (Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, etc.); the obvious inspiration or model for Subsidized Time.

Year of the Whopper

scraps of food

the capital of New Hampshire

a university in South Carolina

Rantoul IL
a town 125 miles south-southwest of Chicago

suffering from acromegaly, a chronic disease characterized by enlarged bones of the extremities, face, and jaw, caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland

Ithaca NY
a town in upstate New York, home to Cornell University

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deliberately artificial or vulgar -- sometimes referring specifically to gay humor

Wikipedia defines robber-barons as "businessmen and bankers who dominated their respective industries and amassed huge personal fortunes, typically as a direct result of pursuing various allegedly anti-competitive or unfair business practices."

a nickname for Oliver, like "Ollie"

"...one slim cat with an outsized leg..."
i.e., Orin Incandenza

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intending to pacify or calm

occurring every four years


French: hat

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French: my dear

"look into my eyes: no new enhancements"
Cf. George H. W. Bush saying "Read my lips: no new taxes" during his 1988 election campaign (See Wikipedia).

malaprop: In Greek mythology, this the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades. President Gentle is mixing his mythological metaphors here: Cerberus's three heads were not horned, as was that of the Minotaur, with its bull's head on the body of a man.

Achilles' tendon
malaprop: A tendon in the back of the leg, near the foot, named for the great Greek hero of the Trojan War. But Achilles was mortally wounded by Paris's poisoned arrow, not by a thorn, which instead figures prominently in Aesop's tale of The Lion and the Mouse, which is thematically related to the folk tale not in Aesop, Androcles and the Lion.

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NOAD: a three-beat gait of a horse or other quadruped between a trot and a gallop:

Remove -ish, and you have Pig Latin for "nix." - the hand gesture is negative, no-saying, with intent to end Gentle's utterance

Housing and Urban Development

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