Ned Lambert reads while Dedalus combs his hair

—The moon, professor MacHugh said. He forgot Hamlet.

—That mantles the vista far and wide and wait till the glowing orb of the moon shine forth to irradiate her silver effulgence…

—O! Mr Dedalus cried, giving vent to a hopeless groan. Shite and onions! That’ll do, Ned. Life is too short.

He took off his silk hat and, blowing out impatiently his bushy moustache, welshcombed his hair with raking fingers.

Ned Lambert tossed the newspaper aside, chuckling with delight. An instant after a hoarse bark of laughter burst over professor MacHugh’s unshaven blackspectacled face.

—Doughy Daw! he cried.


I had never heard the term welshcombed before. It means basically to comb your hair with your thumb and fingers, but according to Oxford English Dictionary it was Joyce who first used it in writing. ( source )  I haven’t been able to find a specific piece of writing that Ned Lambert is reading, but I when searching I only see the text referred to in Ulysses. I think it’s amusing that Joyce obviously finds this style of writing tiresome, but is able to employ it so effectively.