Message 40: Pulk

Song 3 from Amnesiac is entitled “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors.” The word “pulk” has three definitions according to the OED: (1) A small pool, especially of standing water; a small pond or water-pit; a shallow well or tank; a puddle, a plash; a small lake or “broad”. (2) A chest of drawers; a bureau. (3) A regiment of Cossacks.

Given the song’s lyrics, definition 2 seems most applicable.

3 replies on “Message 40: Pulk”


I am doing a photography project in which I have to listen to a sound or a song and “make the invisible visible” or create a visual to the music. I have chosen “Pulk/Pull…”

I was curious about the meaning of the word and came across your site. I’m excited to read your book when it comes out! I also found another meaning of “pulk” which is “traveling sled”. I just searched for pulk in google and found a site that said it comes from a Laplander word, pulkke, meaning travelling sled and lots of Alaskan sites came up.

Just another insight. Have a great day!

i found this information on PUL which might tie into Pull/Pulk Revolving Doors


Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University


(1.) An Assyrian king. It has been a question whether he was identical with
Tiglath-pileser III. (q.v.), or was his predecessor. The weight of evidence is
certainly in favour of their identity. Pul was the throne-name he bore in
Babylonia as king of Babylon, and Tiglath-pileser the throne-name he bore as
king of Assyria. He was the founder of what is called the second Assyrian
empire. He consolidated and organized his conquests on a large scale. He
subdued Northern Syria and Hamath, and the kings of Syria rendered him homage
and paid him tribute. His ambition was to found in Western Asia a kingdom which
should embrace the whole civilized world, having Nineveh as its centre.
Menahem, king of Israel, gave him the enormous tribute of a thousand talents of
silver, “that his hand might be with him” (2 Kings 15:19; 1 Chr. 5:26). The
fact that this tribute could be paid showed the wealthy condition of the little
kingdom of Israel even in this age of disorder and misgovernment. Having
reduced Syria, he turned his arms against Babylon, which he subdued. The
Babylonian king was slain, and Babylon and other Chaldean cities were taken,
and Pul assumed the title of “King of Sumer [i.e., Shinar] and Accad.” He was
succeeded by Shalmanezer IV.


n : 100 puls equal 1 afghani
plural of pul is pul(i)k

Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

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