Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #426


This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put <b> before and </b> after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH!


  1. Slogan– from sluagh-ghairmmeaning “a battle-cry used by Gaelic clans”) Meaning of a word or phrase used by a specific group is metaphorical and first attested from 1704.
  2. Smithereens — small fragments, atoms. This is the word smithers(of obscure origin) with the Irish diminutive ending. Whether it derives from the modern Irish smidrín or is the source of this word is unclear.
  3. Tilly – from tuilleadhmeaning “a supplement”, used to refer to an additional article or amount unpaid for by the purchaser, as a gift from the vendor (OED). Perhaps more prevalent in Newfoundland than Ireland. James Joyce, in his Pomes Penyeach included a thirteenth poem as a bonus (as the book sold for a shilling, twelve poems would have come to a penny each), which he named “Tilly,” for the extra sup of milk given to customers by milkmen in Dublin.
  4.  Tory- originally an Irish outlaw, probably from the Irish verb tóirmeaning “pursue” (OED).
  5.  Turlough — a seasonal lake in limestone area (OED) Irish tur loch‘dry lake’
  6. Whiskey — from uisce beathameaning “water of life”) (OED).
  7. Shebeen– from síbínmeaning “a mugful”, unlicensed house selling alcohol (OED).
  8. Shillelagh– from sailéalameaning “a club”, a wooden club or cudgel made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob on the end.
  9. Sidhe– the fairy folk of Ireland, from (OED).
  10. Sleveen– from slíghbhín/slíbhín, an untrustworthy or cunning person. (OED).



5 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #426”

  1. Meg says:

    The slogans of the elitists are blown away
    Blown to smithereens by the exasperated sighs
    Of those tired of the status quo but those running
    Are no improvement on the mentality of the exhausted
    Republican democrat whig tory all just names
    Of egopoliticans on steroids
    They are steveen bootlickers, tillies unpaid moneygrabbers.

    So drink whiskey, drown in the water of life.
    Grab a shilelagh .dance with the sidhe and pretend
    That the fairytale ogres of politics are just not there.

    They are a dream
    Or a nightmare.

  2. bbanne1 says:

    I miss you all. I hope to be back to contribute very soon. 🙂

  3. Anklebuster says:

    Siobhán ducked as her brother, drunk as a Tory, swung a shillelagh at the dead soldier on the bar.

    “Take that, Mr. Tullamore Dew!”

    The whiskey bottle shattered to smithereens.

    Ian O’Malley, the bartender, roared, “That’s a tilly on your tab, you sleveen spawn of sidhe, but you’d best clean that up ‘fore I toss you in th’ turlough!”

    The young man ignored the bartender and stumbled toward the door. As he crossed the threshold of the shebeen, Siobhán recited her grandmother’s favorite slogan:

    “Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.”

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