Literature and Language

What does contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality mean?

789

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered
2008-09-20 23:37:47
2008-09-20 23:37:47

It is from James Joyce's Ulysses. Here it is in context. But this doesn't explain what it means: Wombed in sin darkness I was too, made not begotten. By them, the man with my voice, and my eyes and a ghostwoman with ashes on her breath. They clasped and sundered, did the coupler's will. From before the ages He willed me and now may not will me away or ever. A lex eterna stays about Him. Is that then the divine substance wherein Father and Son are consubstantial? Where is poor dear Arius to try conclusions? Warring his life long upon the contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality. Illustrated heresiarch! In a Greek watercloset he breathed his last: euthanasia. With beaded mitre and with crozier, stalled upon his throne, widower of a widowed see, with upstiffed omophorion, with clotted hinderparts. _________________________________________________________________

The intention of a word like "contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality" at one level is to make you laugh, to see how the author is messing about with the language. Think of all the hints of words and bits of words that could be seen in that long, mixed-up word:

transubstantiation

magnificent

actuality

tangentiality

as well as the prefixes con-, contra-, trans-, magni-

All the ideas that could be expressed using these words and fragments are contained in the creation: "contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality". This is a precursor of the main linguistic technique used in Finnegans Wake, except there many more languages are used.

.

001
🙏
0
🤨
0
😮
0
😂
0

Related Questions


he was a mean person who lived with mean people in a mean castle on a mean hill in a mean country in a mean continent in a mean world in a mean solar system in a mean galaxy in a mean universe in a mean dimension

the mean is an average of a set of numbers

It mean bad, evil,and meanmean, evil, brutal

The answer will depend on who you mean by HE.The answer will depend on who you mean by HE.The answer will depend on who you mean by HE.The answer will depend on who you mean by HE.

The arithmetic mean is a weighted mean where each observation is given the same weight.

rat mean intense. ox mean calm , born tiger mean powerful rabbit mean good friend dragon mean strong snake mean prudent horse mean popular goat mean shy monkey mean inventor rooster mean organized dog mean intelligent pig mean honest that are what the 12 chinese zodiac animals mean

The basic meaning is 'you are ugly'. It can also mean 'you are mean'. This is mean as in 'mean and nasty', not as in 'ungenerous'.

No they are not mean. Well they can be mean if you are mean to them. But they are mostly sweet and loving dogs.

What does GRI mean? What does GRI mean?

Do you mean ''What does the AUM Mantra mean?''

I haven't seen you, dumb-dumb, so how do I know?

First of all, why would you do that?

No, but sometimes "average" means "mean" - when it doesn't mean median, geometric mean, or something else entirely.

He is as mean as a copperhead snakeHe is as mean as an angry bearHe is as mean as a bottle of brandyHe is as mean a black woman

exactly that. you mean alot to him. exactly that. you mean alot to him.

What do you mean "what does it mean"? It doesn't "mean" anything, it's just a fact.

Do you mean "What nationality is Armenia mean to?" If you meant that, they are mean to Azerbaijanis and Turks.

R mean reastate the question. A mean answer it. F mean for example. F mean for example. T mean this show that. RAFFT that what it mean in Ela

mean like rude or not nice, or mean like something you 'mean' to say? That bully was being really mean, so I reported him. or Did you mean to say cluck and not clock?

I didn't mean what I said. What does antidisestablishmentarianism mean? My sister is mean. I don't like being mean. The mean of a set of values is the average. The mean temperature is much lower in the valley in spring.

Some example sentences using the word "mean":Louisa was upset because the other girls were mean to her.I will try to explain what I mean.The girls said that they didn't mean to be mean.

The population mean is the mean value of the entire population. Contrast this with sample mean, which is the mean value of a sample of the population.

mean average is weighted residual of the integrated probability density function. mean average mean is that divided by N

Salida might mean exit. It might mean a way out. It might mean offramp. It might mean a date.


Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.