Janey Mack

The idiomatic Irish speech represented throughout Ulysses includes some alternatives to blasphemously taking the Lord's name in vain. Gifford notes that expressions like Mulligan's "Janey Mack" and Richie Goulding's "by the law" are forms of "what the Irish call 'dodging the curse': substituting euphemisms for the names of God when cursing (20). Linguists sometimes call these anodyne expressions "minced oaths."

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