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a brand of spiced ham
tallly insubstantial ghostish figure
'tall' used adverbially with 3 successive "L"s. cute.
apparitions or specters
plural of quantum, an indivisible entity of energy
Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) was a German physicist and one of the fathers of quantum mechanics.
a felt that looks like velvet
an instrument for scraping the skin after bathing
to thrust out
a device used for distillation made up of a tube connecting two containers
a black widow spider
NEUTRAL DENSITY POINT
it's not clear what this refers to, but it's quite possible it refers to a concept in optics similar to the concept applied in a Neutral Density Filter, given Infinite Jest's optics motif - this can be read about here
a term originally used in drawing and painting, chiaroscuro is also used in photography and cinematography for techniques of contrasting light and dark
the sense of the relative position of the parts of the body
a genus of tortoises
the creation of an artistic work from a diverse range of things that are around
a person suffering from catalepsy, a condition of rigidity and unresponsiveness
the breaking up of territory into electoral districts so that one political party has a majority in as many districts as possible
a character from Hamlet who seeks to kill the title character
a condition where a person has a forward-curving spine
a tax or duty that is imposed - this word was use by Tiny Ewell while he was speaking to (or rather, at) Gately on page 815
alternate spelling of chronaxie
The (dead) jester in Hamlet. The quote referred to is by Hamlet, holding Yorick's skull after Yorick's remains are uncovered: 'Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest'
a Roman general of antiquity
the model of car owned by James Incandenza's father, Mario
Vittorio De Sica (1902-1974) was an Italian filmmaker, probably most famous for The Bicycle Thief.
Circumambient means walking around. "Found Drama" was one of James Incandenza's contributions to film artistic history. Levirate marriage is a tradition in several cultures whereby the younger brother of a deceased man marries the dead brother's widow.
infused with helium
a now-defunct brand of mid-20th century shoe polish, preserved in the expression, "You don't know shit from Shinola."
An epiphany is a divine manifestation, or by extension, a sudden, deep insight.
refers to a setting on a television that adjusts the picture's vertical stabilization
'Ren and Stimpy'
the main characters in a once-popular animated television series
'Oo Is 'E When 'E's at 'Ome'
or "Who Is He When He's at Home?", which is apparently a common Irish saying
Wallace is punning on the name of the once-popular television show Northern Exposure.
Gatley means "Norm," as in the Cheers character "Norm Peterson"; "Nom" is how a North Shore native such as Gately might pronounce the name.
comparatively small or insignificant
performers with no spoken lines
The Sorrow and the Pity
a film about the Nazi occupation of France
Gately means "Heimlich Maneuver."
Schwulst or Altman
The only Schwulst I can find is Lance Schwulst, who is probably not the person referred to. Robert Bernard Altman (1925-2006) was an American filmmaker.
a place of congregation, originally marketplaces in Ancient Greece
acidic; sharp or biting
a con game
an Anabaptist denomination named for Menno Simons (1496-1561), a Frisian religious leader
lacking liveliness or spirit
short for "package store," a Massachusetts euphemism for "liquor store"
in the alternate timeline of Infinite Jest, it's obvious that U.S. Customary systems of measurement are finally abandoned, at some point (perhaps during Reconfiguration), for the global standard of the Metric System (ed.: optimism on Wallace's part, one might say) - the weights the M.P. used were marked with U.S. "pounds" (lbs) instead of Metric kilograms (kg).
to sell stolen goods
a German diphthong, somewhere between /u/ and /ee/
Stetson w/ feather
Stetson hats or Stetsons refers to the brand of hat manufactered by the John B. Stetson Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. The word 'Stetson' is sometimes used as a genericized term for a cowboy hat. Although the Stetson company makes other styles of brimmed hat, the Stetson name has become synonymous with a style it pioneered, featuring a high crown and wide brim, popularly known as a Cowboy hat. Wikipedia